Steindl Glas develops innovative cold façade glassics

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"Glassics" is a new solution for curtain, rear-ventilated glass façades. This innovative system for the first time offers an economical and simple solution for frameless glass façades. The new glass façade type from Steindl Glas offers not only structural-physical advantages but also various design and printing options.

Cold façades are in line with the latest technologies in structural physics and thermal insulation. Apart from the weathering protection they provide for the outer walls of various properties, they also offer architects great leeway for composition and design. Designed according to individual wishes, they can be constructed by default as suspended façades. "Our latest development is very versatile since our innovative technology allows the glass façade to be individually adapted to various building constructions", explains Heinz Eisenbach, Managing Director of Steindl Glas.

The system technology of "Glassics"

"Glassics" scores with an outstanding system solution for curtain, rear-ventilated glass façades. It is based on the principle of structural glazing and offers two different system versions, "Glassics" Systems G1 and G2:

System G1 convinces through the simplicity of its structure and a mechanical glass retaining element in conjunction with the milling of the glass on the horizontal glass edges. It consists of the base, an insulating material and glass elements with aluminium suspension brackets that have been stuck into place in the factory. The glass format is available up to a maximum size of 3,000 x 1,300 mm. Since the sections are mounted in the milled groove in the glass, the dead-weight load is supported so that the glass elements are mechanically and invisibly secured.

The "Glassics" System G2 is ideal for façades with large glass elements. The maximum glass dimensions in a portrait and landscape format are 2,500 x 5,000 mm. As of an installation height of eight metres, all panes of glass are mechanically secured by the patented Steindl-Glas construction. The glass elements are fastened directly to the base. The G2 system design consist of the base and insulating material, though it also has glass elements with adapter frames stuck into place in the factory according to ETAG 002.

"Glassics" cold façades in projects

"Glassics" cold façades have already been used in numerous well-known properties. For example in the L'Oréal office building in Karlsruhe, where the cold façade can be seen on a total surface area of 2,700 m². The Youth Welfare Office in Senftenberg was also faced with "Glassics" as was the building of Spedition Unterer in Wörgl, Tyrol.

"Glassics" also ranks highly for "Art in buildings": the famous artist Heimo Zobernig used the cold façade to design the Bolzano State Professional College.