Structural glass façade and structural glass façade technology are terms used in this document, along with the acronym SGF, to describe relatively recent building technologies that comprise the building envelope. Façade here is synonymous with building envelope.
SGF is the integration of structure and cladding and is used in applications with long spans or where increased transparency and representation of the structure are the primary design objectives.
About the Book
This book is about the technology of an architectural form I call Structural Glass Facades (SGF). This book stems from my academic experience over the past several years at the University of Southern California School of Architecture. After completing my under graduate degree, I left academia to gain real-world experience, with the intention of returning to graduate school.
Twenty-five years later, I did so. During that time I designed and built SGF with a team of some of the brightest and most intelligent people who have ever walked on a building site. In short, the pursuit of innovation, the manipulation of materials and processes, the collaborative realization of mere ideas, the novelty of each new project, the camaraderie, and, of course, the blood, sweat, and toil buried beneath every building.
This book is for the next tier of SGF adopters, those who marvel at the applications that have been built and wish to have the budget, the know-how, or the knowledge of what options are available and what problems exist in implementing an SGF project.
There will always be a cutting edge to this technology, and that is the source of inspiration for its evolution. However, as was the case with glass-fin walls, this technology will eventually spread to a broader market. If this book has the good fortune to promote its wide spread adoption, it will be because of the stunning project work included in this book. Structural representation often takes the form of an attempt to dematerialize the structural system.