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The University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum

Houston, TX United States



Project Description

The University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum has transformed its appearance with a new entrance featuring Bendheim Wall Systems’ channel glass. Designed by New York City-based WORKac, the welcoming, light-filled entrance with its dramatic staircase creates a sense of openness throughout the reception area.

“With the help of Bendheim Wall Systems, WORKac’s renovation of the Blaffer Museum came to life through the amazing possibilities of channel glass,” said Dan Wood, principal and co-founder of WORKac. “Bendheim was a pleasure to work with, and, together, we produced a refreshing and beautiful new landmark for the University of Houston and the city at large.”

The architects worked closely with Bendheim Wall Systems’ team to achieve the slanted appearance of the facade while staying on budget. The cost-effective alternative to the custom angle-cut channel glass stepped the glass channels within the framing system and incorporated an aluminum flashing to create the sloped appearance. The concealed design change substantially lowered the cost of material when compared to an angle-cut channel glass solution and also facilitated the installation.

The architects selected Lamberts 504 Rough Cast, pebble textured channel glass, with a blue-gray Azur coating to enhance the solar heat gain coefficient of the wall, to help the building remain cool in the hot Texas climate. Bendheim Wall Systems’ SF60 thermally broken framing system provides additional thermal performance.

WORKac’s design enhances the building’s entrance, improves the flow of pedestrian traffic into the museum and creates a more welcoming entrance to the public. The renovation marked “the most significant facility improvement in the museum’s 38-year history, providing both a much-needed physical upgrade and an identity-defining statement,” according to Blaffer Art Museum’s Director and Chief Curator Claudia Schmuckli.


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The University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum
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Bendheim Wall Systems Channel glass

Used to create sweeping walls of glass up to 23 feet tall with little need for intermediate framing members, Lamberts channel glass contains as much as 40% post-consumer recycled glass carefully selected from the municipal waste stream, with a total recycled content of approximately 60%. Manufactured in Europe’s only clean-burning, oxygen-fueled cast glass plant, it is the only factory-produced tempered channel glass certified by the Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC) and available with a 100% heat soak testing. Prestigious award-winning projects, including buildings conforming to the LEED® and Minergie® standards, feature dazzling façades of Lamberts channel glass.

The exclusive distributor of Lamberts channel glass, Bendheim Wall Systems offers six textures – fine-mesh Solar™, 504 Rough Cast™, Ice™, Piccolo®, Clarissimo™ and Prismasolar™ – for a choice of aesthetic options and privacy levels. All textures are also available in low iron, exhibiting an ultra-clear, brilliant quality.

The glass can be installed vertically or horizontally, single- or double-glazed, in Bendheim Wall Systems’ frames. Textures, coatings, treatments and colors can be combined within a single opening, and enhanced thermal performance can be achieved through the addition of insulating interlayers and low-e or other thermal coatings.



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