An architect’s view
On the size and scope of Glasstec
Kenneth Kroger, president and principal architect of Architectural Design Inc. in Tampa, Fla.
The overall scale of the show, from art glass to manufacturing to bottle production all in one place, was impressive. I was particularly interested in the green architectural “technology live” section.
I’m impressed by how progressive Europe is in both the photovoltaic glazing options and the action they take in their tax structure that seems to be stimulating this technology. (To read an article from last week’s e-glass weekly about the green focus of the show, click here.)
The seminars for architects exposed me to leading-edge thought of European glass designers and structural glazing experts. Seeing how they use CAD technology to create the structures was very interesting; some of the building forms they design seem structurally impossible. We're using Revit AutoCAD that allows us to model everything in 3D to quantify everything, but they do all their take-offs ahead of time, allowing them more efficient project and budget management.
There was a tremendous variety of glazing choices. I especially liked the organic patterns, and by that I don't mean leaves imbedded in glass [though there was that, too], but the chaotic textures in the finish of the glass. The hardware displays gave me a good idea of where the values are in the quality of the different products.
I was definitely inspired and returned with new ideas on glazing and how to handle it. I was particularly impressed with the XiR films, or precious metal window films. This is a technology very useful for the high-end car dealerships I’m working on now in Florida.