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catholic church in geroldswil

catholic church in geroldswil

catholic church in geroldswil

catholic church in geroldswil

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museum of daylight

art museum of Bregenz, peter zumthor

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art gallery of bregenz, peter zumthor

facade

The facade consists of etched glass shingles with several functions: they lend the building’s main body lightness with their transparency, insulate against cold and heat and form an essential part of the lighting arrangement for the building. The incoming light is refracted for the first time on the facade before entering the interior.

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art gallery of bregenz, peter zumthor

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art gallery of bregenz, peter zumthor

The facade was designed as a self-supporting construction, completely independent from the actual building. Steel framework elements make up the construction which supports the glass shingles on the outside as well as the glasswork on the inside of the structure. In this way it covers the completely free-standing concrete building like a double casing. Between the outer and inner glasswork there is a 90-centimetre wide light pit that makes it possible to direct daylight to the first subterranean level. This gap is equipped with cleaning lifts used for the servicing and maintenance of the building. In addition, it accommodates the lighting installation which illuminates the Kunsthaus during the night.  [ Kunsthaus Bregenz official website ]

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bregenz facade, peter zumthor

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bregenz facade, peter zumthor

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bregenz facade, peter zumthor

lighting

The Kunsthaus Bregenz was conceived as a daylight museum. The facade made of glass shingles serves as a skin to diffuse daylight which first passes through rows of windows and then through the light ceilings in the halls.

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bregenz stair way, peter zumthor

Although the light has been refracted three times (glass facade, insulating glasswork, illuminated ceilings), it illuminates the halls differently depending on the time of day or year. In this way, a natural lighting atmosphere is created although the building has no visible windows. Over the hanging light ceiling, specially developed pendulum lamps, controlled by an exterior light sensor on the Kunsthaus roof, have been installed that complement the daylight. Every lamp can be controlled separately or as a group and can be infinitely dimmed (light management system Luxmate professional).

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bregenz interior, peter zumthor

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bregenz ceiling, peter zumthor

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bregenz ceiling, peter zumthor

 The pendulum lamps hang in pairs at a 90° angle to one another and are equipped with 58 Watt fluorescent lamps and diffusion attachments. [ Kunsthaus Bregenz official website ]

plan

plan & section

 

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kapilux, insulated glass

Kapilux is an insulating glass with an integrated capillary slab consisting of a large number of honeycomb-structured thin-walled transparent or white capillaries. This capillary slab can be integrated into different kinds of insulating glass, and it diffuses light effectively.

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kapilux, insulated glass

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citroen store, paris

citroen flagship store

citroen store, paris

Energy transmission, light transmission, and light diffusion can be adapted to the facade orientation and the room behind the facade.

New York based firm, Peter Marino had designed Chanel Flagship store in Tokyo using this Kapilux product with 700,000 embedded LEDs for the facade system.

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chanel fagship store, tokyo by peter marino architects

The massive display can project footage of fashion show runway scenes or an electronic version of Chanel’s iconic black-and-white tweeds on a larger-than-life scale. In transparent mode, the structure offers clear views inside or outside. The electronic mille-feuille can also transform from see-through to opaque, thanks to a combination of 3,675 square feet of canvas scrim and electronically controlled privacy glass.

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chanel flagship store, tokyo

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chanel flagship store, tokyo

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chanel flagship store, tokyo

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interior view of chanel, tokyo

 

Xicui Entertainment Complex, Beijing China    

Sustainable media wall : GreenPix

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xicui entertainment center, beijing china

GreenPix is a solar power-harnessing, light-emitting facade system designed by Simone Giostra Architects, a collaboration with Arup. Integrated with the curtain wall of the Xicui entertainment complex in Beijing near the site of the 2008 Olympics.

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xicui entertainment center, beijing

Greenpix features the largest color LED display on earth. GreenPix behaves like an organic system, absorbing solar energy during the day and generating light from the same power that evening. Polycrystalline photovoltaic cells are laminated within the glass of the curtain wall and placed with changing density on the entire building’s skin. The density pattern increases the building’s performance, allowing natural light when required by interior program, while reducing heat gain and transforming excessive solar radiation into energy for the media wall.

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xicui entertainment center, beijing

XicuiEntertainmentCenter Beijing

xicui entertainment center, beijing

 

 

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


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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.

 

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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