November 01, 2018

On the Forefront of Efficiency and Sustainability

by Erin Johnson

In a world that’s increasingly concerned with sustainability and efficiency, eye-popping architecture and design don’t mean much unless they’re backed with high-performance.
You can find the evidence in some of the most notable, highly glazed structures in the world. Whether it’s hand-made, curved insulating glass, massive curtainwall systems, or other glazing innovations, performance has been top-of-mind when it comes to cutting-edge commercial construction.

And at Quanex, we’re proud to have been an integral part of many of those projects. Our Super Spacer® technology, including Super Spacer® TriSeal™ and T-Spacer™, is utilized the world over where designers demand excellence in thermal and structural performance.
Just where can you find Super Spacer around the world? We compiled some of the most notable recent examples:

An Engineering Masterpiece in Dubai. The Opus, a mixed-use superstructure with more than 56,000 square feet of office space, a rooftop bar, 12 restaurants, a night club, and more, was the vision of the late, world-renowned British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

A true architectural masterpiece, the building’s façade is made of more than 4,500 custom-curved, double-glazed insulating glass units, and features a massive void in the building’s center, pushing the limits of what is technologically feasible with advanced engineering evident in the result. It was made possible thanks in part to Super Spacer TriSeal from Quanex Building Products, which was used in the massive curtainwall puzzle that combines curved shapes and much, much more.

Floating on a Cloud of Glass and Steel. Designed to give the illusion of offices and apartments floating on a “cloud of glass and steel,” the Timmerhuis building houses the city museum, civic theatre, as well as Rotterdam City Hall, which includes municipal services, offices, and residences.

Often referred to as the “most sustainable building in the Netherlands,” Timmerhuis was designed by Rotterdam's urban planning experts Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and boasts a unique modular design featuring a combination of flat and convex curved glass elements that provide a soft, organic transition to the ground.

Multifaceted Curved Glass in Paradise. Just off the coast of Downtown Honolulu stands one of Oahu’s most striking new high-rises: The Anaha Ward Village, a 311-unit luxury townhome and condominium complex. Designed by the Chicago-based architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Benjamin Woo Architects, the artful façade features glass as the key design element, with numerous curved insulating glass (IG) units providing numerous points of visual interest throughout the curtainwall.

The IG units—including more than 300 curved units—were produced by Pennsylvania’s Standard Bent Glass (SBG), a glass fabrication company that has been in business since 1936. Fabricated in-house and fabricated by hand, each of the curved units provides the necessary structural integrity and outstanding performance, made possible with Super Spacer® TriSeal™ Flex, which features an extra-wide primary seal and a distinct flexing channel within the profile, ideal for bent glass applications.

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Posted: November 01, 2018 by Erin Johnson Filed under: efficient