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Types of Architectural Glass Used in Construction

types of architectural glass used in construction

Glass is one of the most widely used building materials in architecture, design, and construction. With its unique structural properties, the material can be modified to produce different types of glass in construction. Use and Structure of Architectural Glass Glass is manufactured with different physical properties depending on what it will be used for. Several…

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Reticulated Structures on Free Form Surfaces

reticulated structures on free form surfaces

Reticulated Structures: Are They Structurally Sound?  Free form envelopes became more and more popular in recent years, after being promoted by buildings like the DZ-Bank in Berlin (Frank Gehry), the Arts Center in Singapore (Vikas Gore), the British Museum in London (Norman Foster) and recently the New Fair in Milan (Massimiliano Fuksas) with its roofs…

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How to Design a Free Form Structure with Grid Shell Technology

how to design a free form structure with grid shell technology

Creative architecture can evoke both emotion and wonder. Grid Shell technology has helped advance and expand the world of creative architecture. Free form structures created with grid shell technology are a great example of this unique style of design and have become more popular over the last decade. The main reason for their rise in…

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Node Connectors and Their Influence on Free Form Structures 

Introduction to Double Layer Structures There are two main concepts involved in the realization of free-form structures – single-layer structures and double-layer structures. Double layer structure design has been well known for many years. Comprehensive comparisons of node connectors for double-layer structures are published in [EBE75] [LAC77] [OCT02]. The classical node connector for double-layer structures…

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How We Won a KIWI Award for Our Cable Stayed Portal in Chicago

Title image How we won a KIWI award for our cable stayed portal in chicago

Did you know that to visit the largest convention centre in America, you enter a portal? Not just any portal, but an award-winning cable-stayed portal. Novum engineered a cable-stayed portal (17 meters tall and 55 meters long), clad in stainless steel and laminated windows. The predominate cable structure system welcomes visitors who enter from the…

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