|||||||||||Solar glazing on 7 More London helped Foster & Partners achieve a BREEAM outstanding rating|Skidmore Owings Merrill’s Hamilton House uses a coated outer glass layer to protect against solar gain, while the inner pane is laminated sheet glass|Black Architecture used external solar shading and a punctuated brick facade on their Fitzpatrick project|Bennetts Associates’ Potterrow development. The facade responds according to orientation and features movable external shades|Black Architecture’s hypothetical alternative to the glass office tower. The concept features a number of green measures illustrated by the neighbouring diagram|Concept design by Sheppard Robson: the practice used Abu Dhabi as a theoretical location for a glass office tower. Designed using parametrics, the project features photovoltaics and borehole cooling and is streamlined to minimise wind loads|Heron Tower at night|10 Triton Street|The Gherkin|Renzo Piano’s Shard||
18 Aug 2010

Rethinking the glass box

Words by James McLachlan

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