of glass, and some applications
of glass are more popular. Below
are some of the current trends in
Larger pieces of glass. In the
last two decades, building designers are opting for more glass and
less metal on the envelope. Elieh
says Bendheim’s channel glass can
go 18 feet in height without any
Ryan Hoffman, client development manager at Viracon, adds
that oversized glass is becoming
more common. Some units can get
up to more than 200 inches.
Fewer sight lines. Because
larger pieces of glass are becoming increasingly popular, that
means the metal sight lines that
often go with it are becoming less
“Architects don’t like to see
aluminum and frames,” Elieh says.
Shields explains that the fewest
amount of sight lines as possible is
a common request.
“We’re seeing point-supported
glass, which is a really thin piece
of structure holding a fitting for
glass,” he says. “The trend really is
to max out the structural capacity
of the system to get more glass and
fewer sight lines.”
Textures. Although abundant
natural light is considered a benefit of glass envelope, there’s such a
thing as too much daylight or not
the right kind of daylight. That’s
where textured glass comes in.
“Adding some sort of diffuser
such as a texture or pattern or
design [to the glass] helps bring
in high-quality daylight and minimize glare,” says Jen Miret, director of marketing for Bendheim.
“One of the most trending patterns is linear.”
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