Volume 27, Issue 2 - March/April 2013

Big on Design
Recent Projects Give New Views to Glass and Glazing Details

As many recent architectural projects have illustrated, buildings do not have to be massive to make a
powerful statement. All around the globe, architects are incorporating glass, glazing and curtainwall
materials into eye-catching designs, some of which take up a relatively small footprint when compared
to some of the mega-structures of the past. From courthouses to museums, universities and office buildings,
architects are taking glass to new levels. Take a look at the project gallery over the next few pages
and see for yourself some of the innovative ways glass is being used. To see your most recent project in
a future issue, email images and details about the project and its glass usage to

New San Diego United States
Courthouse, San Diego
Architect: Richard Meier & Partners
Glass suppliers/fabricators: Viracon,
Cristacurva, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®;
Pilkington/Technical Glass Products
Contractor Glazier: Enclos Corp.

Glass is a prominent component of the New San Diego United States Courthouse, which was completed in 2012. It stands 16-stories and includes six district courtrooms and an initial build-out of 12 chambers. Designs called for the tower to stand in contrast to the surrounding cityscape with a maritime terracotta and glass cladding scheme.

Enclos’ design strategy was to unitize systems throughout the project as much as possible to ease installation. Viracon supplied the insulating, laminated glass for the majority of the project. Cristacurva supplied curved, laminated and over-sized units. In addition, stringent blast requirements contributed to the unitized system’s members, anchors and connections. Bullet-resistant glazing was supplied by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.

The courthouse also incorporates a channel glass system that wraps around the lobby and mezzanine. The curving form is made possible by the slender frames and narrow glazed segments of the channel glass system supplied by Technical Glass Products. The project also features 1,200 square feet of Pilkington Profilit OW channel glass in a standard cast.

111 Eagle Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Architect: Cox Rayner Architects
Glass supplier: Interpane Plattling
Façade contractor: Yuanda

The over-hanging branches of large-leaved fig trees in Brisbane inspired the architects at the firm of Cox Rayner Architects, which designed the newly constructed 111 Eagle Street tower. Featuring an interwoven appearance of a fig tree trunk, the tower stands 195 meters and is the tallest office building in the city. The project includes 30,000 square meters of ipasol neutral solar control glass from Interpane that allows an abundance of daylight to enter the building while also reducing overheating. The tower was awarded a six-star Green Star Award by the Green Building Council of Australia for its sustainability features; its high-performance glass façade in particular helps reduce air conditioning requirements, thus reducing the carbon dioxide emissions.

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Glass suppliers/fabricators:
Guardian Industries; BGT
Bischoff Glastechnik AG; Okalux
Contract glaziers: Josef Gartner and Calvin & Company Inc.

Featuring an angular façade of pleated stainless steel and glass, the museum is a 46,000-square-foot, three-story structure that serves as an educational resource for the university and a cultural hub for the state. The museum’s outer shell consists of glazed openings and pleated stainless steel panels that are oriented into different directions.

The project features Guardian’s SunGuard High Selective SuperNeutral 70/41 that was fabricated into laminated, triple-glazed units weighing up to 1,500 pounds and measuring up to 4 by 15 feet. The glazing covers about 7,000 square feet of the building envelope. The glass came from Guardian’s Luxembourg plant.

In addition, the museum features a skylight that incorporates Okagel insulating glass supplied by Okalux of Germany. The glass is designed to help diffuse light evenly throughout the space.

The A. Zahner Company of Kansas City, Mo., was responsible for the stainless steel exterior/interior cladding.

The University of California at Berkeley’s
Energy Biosciences Building, Berkeley, Calif.

Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Glazing contractor: Royal Glass
Glass/glazing systems: Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Viracon Inc., Linetec

Glass had a big part to play in the University of California at Berkeley’s newly opened Energy Biosciences Building. The
112,000-square-foot building (formerly the Helios Energy Research Facility and known as the Helios building) houses UC
Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute, a collaborative project between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois.

Rising six floors on the northern end and five on the south, tapering to three levels and then one at the southernmost end,
the project has a wedge-shaped design. This capitalizes on Wausau’s high-performance curtainwall and windows, allowing natural light to penetrate into the interior space. It features approximately 40 casement windows on the north elevation and 29,000 square feet of unitized, structurally glazed curtainwall on the south-facing offices, meeting space and entry lobby. Linetec supplied the thermal barriers and three-coated painted finish, while Viracon fabricated the glass. The project was designed and constructed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Silver criteria or higher and has
received the Overall Sustainable Design Award by the Higher Education Energy Partnership Program of California.

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