Glasswave (Multiaxial Curtain Wall System) by Charles Godbout and Luc Plante
2011 - 2012, Golden A' Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design Award Winner
Without a doubt, the notion of natural light and its penetration quality in an interior space is a fundamental element of architecture. Ever since Mies van der Rohe’s experiments in incorporating glass walls into new buildings, the curtain wall concept has made respectable advances.
The GLASSWAVE multiaxial curtain wall system opens the door to greater flexibility in designing glass walls for mass production. This new concept in curtain walls is based on the principle of vertical mullions with cylindrical rather than rectangular profiles. This definitively innovative approach means that structures with multidirectional connections can be created, increasing tenfold the possible geometric combinations in glass wall assembly.
Design Challenges
The major challenges in designing the GLASSWAVE multiaxial curtain wall system were related to the nordic climate which brings extreme conditions of cold, humidity, wind, warmth, all creating heavy condensation effects. Considering these facts, we wanted to create a very refined structure, always requested by architects in their search for abstraction and purity in formal expression. So we had to develop components such as aluminium mullions, gaskets, joints, clips etc. showing the finest details to drag their attention. Dipping into the architectural vocabulary of ultra-high-end products, the GLASSWAVE system, while remaining a quite affordable product for this category, will encourage architects to design bolder projects, even when the budget is a significant factor. The main objectives were also to design a system allowing us to break free from the limitations of the current products and to develop a much more flexible design tool that favours creating variable geometry glass panels without having to resort to costly custom design, and to do it at competitive prices.
Production Technology
From an engineering point of view, the Glasswave Multiaxial Curtain Wall System by Charles Godbout and Luc Plante is a good example of a highly-developed project.
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