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Structural glazing for high-rise building architecture



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Structural glazing for high-rise building architecture is a culmination of several factors:

  • Aesthetics
  • Signature designs
  • Flexibility
  • Robustness

Glass has a multitude of benefits for high-rise structures, the chief advantages being structural, utility, and maintenance. Also, glass is the preferred choice of material because of its superiority in terms of attributes like:

  • Visual appeal
  • Lightness
  • Installation
  • Customization

Glass provides several advantages in structural glazing:

1. Blending of interiors with exteriors

Conventionally used wall enclosures create a:

  • Restricted vision or view
  • Closed environment
  • Sense of claustrophobia

Whereas, a glass façade provides an:

  • Unrestricted relaxed view, unhindered by building shape
  • Improved productivity levels of the occupants by 10-15%

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Lighter building material

This is what a quick comparison of several building materials reveals:

Brick Wall

  • Density: 2000Kg/m3
  • Thickness: 220mm
  • Weight/Square meter: 440 Kg/m2


  • Density : 2.51 g/c3
  • Thickness : 12mm
  • Weight/Square meter : 440 Kg/m2

(Taking into account a double glazed unit 6mm outer glass - 12mm air gap - 6mm inner glass)

  • Weight/Square meter : 30kg/m2

So, considering a typical high-rise building that is 50 stories high with 40,000m2 glass area:

  • Estimated weight reduction : 16,400 Tons

Lighter building material        exterior glass

Glass is 8 times lighter than a brick wall façade!

2. Ease in Installation

When it comes to installation, following are the advantages of a glass façade over a concrete one:

  • Quicker fabrication and installation
  • A glass façade can cover 150 m2as compared with a brick wall that covers 70 m2, in a single day’s installation
  • Dry construction while using glass, which implies a cleaner project site

3. Flexible building material

  • Customization: an architect's actor, glass can be processed into whatever shape the design demands
  • Value-adding material: glass demonstrates a vast potential of value addition that is possible on the façade
  • Seismic performance: predictable seismic behavior can be achieved by the use of glass in high-rise structures
  • Lower envelope thickness: glass saves up to 8% of the construction area, and in turn increases carpet area, which is a key factor for high-rise buildings
  • Aesthetics: modern day glass is available in extensive colors and diverse styles and textures

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Glass, with its apparent advantages in structural glazing, scores in taking high-rise architecture to a greater level.



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