glass : facade #01

When glass applied to the building exterior, the most common applications were curtain wall. However, glass is seen less simply thesedays. One aspect of this is the transformation of curtain walls from two-dimensional surfaces to three-dimensional.

folding glass facade  

trutec building, seoul korea

trutec building, seoul korea

One example are folded glass facades, which take once-modular components of glass and steel and make them appear more malleable. Barkow Leibinger Architects‘ Trutec Building in Seoul, Korea synthesizes the modular and the folded by taking a regular rectangular grid and infilling the cells with a prismatic pattern of triangular and trapezoidal glass panes. It creates an irregular but relatively consistent pattern across the main facade.

trutec building, seoul korea

trutec building, seoul korea


Trutec Building facade detail

Trutec Building facade detail


Trutec Building facade detail dwg

Trutec Building facade detail dwg

The pattern of the dynamic glazing refracts light and image, which abstracts both the building’s surface and the views out of the building.

trutec building view from interior

trutec building view from interior

 

 lighting dichroic discs

galleria department store, UN studio

galleria department store, UN studio

UN Studio designed colored bubbled wrap like shell for the trendy department store in Seoul Korea. The exterior skin is actually formed of 4,330 overlapping glass discs, 33 inches in diameter and a half-inch thick, withe LED lights behind it. The LED lights can change the color of each of the discs and create vivid play of colors and graphics to be displayed. The color of the facade changes from green to amber, depending on the position of the sun and the viewing position. At night the discs are individually backlit and controlled by a computer program to create color schemes so that the building makes a complete transformation during the day and evening.

Galleria, seoul korea

Galleria, seoul korea


galleria, seoul korea

galleria, seoul korea

 

 “The subtle daytime looks of the building during day, changes to something completely expressive and outgoing during the night”, says lighting designer Rogier Van der Heide.

 

Eckelt Glas gmbh

Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron

Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron

The architectural challenge of spherically curved, frameless glazing has previously been unachievable worldwide. Following pre-qualification negotiations by the owner and architects with ECKELT GLAS, the glass units were modeled using computer software and a number of specially constructed prototypes, providing verification of the complex geometrical forms. Architect Herzog de Meuron and ECKELT GLAS eventually arrived at a successful modification of the VARIO system, which incorporates aesthetic as well as technical requirements such as earthquake safety, fire-protection etc. There were a total of 224 “bubbles” specially finished for PRADA store in Tokyo, Japan.

Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron

Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron


Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron

Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron


Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron

Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron

 

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4 comments
  1. Hi, many thanks for posting these wonderful projects on your website! I am honoured to see a photo of me in safety gear hanging on the Korean facade! But anyways, this blog is a great initiative and will be helpful for the students of Singapore Polytechnic to widen their scope of expertise. I see more and more lighting design being taught at technical universities and design schools; I teach in Copenhagen and Amsterdam, and in Graz Austria until last summer. Schools in New York, Wismar and Helsinki have dedicated lighting programs, to name just a few. It would be great to hear from you what the Singapore Polytechnic does.

    The three projects in your post are all co-designed by Arup. We did not do lighting design on the Trutec building (we did lighting for Prada and Galleria West) but we did do the facade engineering on the Trutec.

    If you want to find out more about lighting design for facades, please visit my website http://www.rogiervanderheide.com.

    Thanks and good luck with the website!
    Rogier van der Heide

    • spacedid said:

      Thanks for visiting our blog and I am also honoured to have a chance to talk to the person on the photo!!! I will add a link to your website to the photo so our students can visit and see your projects.

  2. Hey there everyone i was just introduceing myself here im a first time visitor who hopes to become a daily reader!

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