“We’re moving toward as high-performance
[glass] as possible and highest visible light as possible at the same time,” says Meghan Beach, architectural representative for AGC Glass North America,
makers of the glass used at the Thompson Nashville.
This hotel is just one example of how architects,
designers and fabricators are using glass to – pardon the pun – push the envelope in their work
for exteriors. It’s becoming increasingly common
to see large glass envelopes on buildings today.
Modern designs, color and energy reduction technology are now infused in a building material that’s
been used for centuries.
The hotel Thompson Nashville is a relatively new addition to the Tennessee city’s skyline. Located in an area known as the Gulch, the
12-story building presents an intriguing use of glass
envelope. The Thompson facade is curved to follow
the shape of 11th Avenue, the street on which the
The curved window wall isn’t only visually enticing, it’s also high-performing. The 60,000 square
feet of material used on the hotel’s envelope is solar
control low-emissivity glass – ideal in a place like
Nashville, where air-conditioning costs are often of
Looking at the maintenance, benefits and trends
Glass Envelope 101