A “Curtainwall” Made of Blown Glass
Hesiodo building in Mexico City by Hierve-Diseñería.
Although some materials are always used in particular applications, it is possible to eschew convention by making a simple geometric change to the material’s standard format. Take glass, for example, the ubiquitous material of windows and curtainwalls. The expectation is that a glass envelope consist of seamless flat sheets. However, the Mexico-based design firm Hierve-Diseñería decided to use glass spheres for the enclosure of a residential building in Mexico City instead. Although the curtain of 7,723 blown-glass spheres doesn’t protect against the elements, the architects claim that it “fulfills the purpose of creating certain introspection for the inhabitants while at the same time softens the visual experience coming from the urban setting.” Now, if only they had specified a self-cleaning glass ...