For my research, I have been looking into glass curtain wall facades. Glass has always been one of my favorite materials to use in my design projects. Glass is not just a transparent material used to fill a hole in the wall. It is an extension of space, an accent to light, multiple representations. It seems that glass is becoming very present on building facades now a days. Buildings and companies are using glass as an entire new way of representation on their facades. I want to take a closer look at how buildings use their facades, whether it is a symbol, overall idea, logo, for economic reasons, etc. I was not sure whether or not to look purely at the facade representation or how the facade is constructed together.
From the discussion and workshop in class, I decided that I am going to focus on how buildings speak using their facades and compare and contrast how glass curtain wall facades have changed throughout the years. I will be comparing buildings such as the Lever House and the Yamaha building. Other questions that arose were whether or not buildings use it to perceive an idea of sustainability or the types of glass used like fritted glass. I am really looking forward to looking in to these case studies further and types of construction that are used to help represent the facade to its preferred design concept. I am interested to see if the technology used is something we have done continuously like in the past or if they are all new technologies like the Yamaha building.