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A “Curtainwall” Made of Blown Glass

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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 ...


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  • Posted by: Zakglasstech | Time: 1:23 AM Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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Blaine Brownell

thumbnail image Minnesota-based architect and author Blaine Brownell, AIA, is a self-defined materials researcher and sustainable building adviser. His "Product of the Week" emails and three volumes of Transmaterial (2006, 2008, 2010) provide designers with a steady flow of inspiration—a 21st-century Grammar of Ornament. Blaine has practiced architecture in Japan and the U.S. and has been published in more than 40 design, business, and science publications. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for 2006–07, he researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science. He currently teaches architecture and co-directs the M.S. in Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota. His book Matter in the Floating World was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.