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Elevating Architecture Design with Glass

Post Time:Aug 26,2013Classify:Industry NewsView:52

The Torre de Cristal at Madrid is an office building with the architecture design intended to look like a cut crystal. At 249 m and 52 floors, the glass tower is the second highest building in Spain.     

It features a photovoltaic dome and the highest garden in a tower. The building is the brainchild of architects Ortiz Leon Arquitectos S.L. and Pelli Carke Pelli Architects.

Saint-Gobain at Torre de Cristal, Spain

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Glass has extensively been used in the architecture design of Torre de Cristal since it is an apt material especially for high-rise structures. This is primarily because it is light, flexible and easy to install as a building material. When compared with brick walls, glass potentially results in an estimated weight reduction of 16,400 Tons for a building that is 50 stories high with 40,000 m2 glass area. A

Using glass in architecture design also ensures dry construction and therefore, a cleaner project site. Use of glass leads to lower envelope thickness (saves up to 8% of the construction area, and in turn increases carpet area) which is a key factor for high-rises. Even predictable seismic behavior can be achieved by the use of glass in high rise structures. Besides the functional benefits, glass makes it possible to create several value-additions as well on the facade.

Saint-Gobain glass was used all across the facade of Torre de Cristal. The chosen variants were laminated glass SGG COOL-LITE SKN 054,

With Saint-Gobain’s glazing solutions, the architecture design for the Torre de Cristal has been elevated to a new high – both in terms of form and function.

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