Daylighting

Apple Central & Wolfe Campus, Sunnyvale, Calif.

Buying Into a ‘Zero’ Vision

In September 2015, the 815,000-sq.-ft. Sunnyvale, Calif., office research and development campus known as Central & Wolfe[LW1], was leased to Apple in what turned out to be the largest, single new office lease in the United States that year.The complex consists of three connected four-story office buildings, each with an internal courtyard, and a two-story standalone amenity building featuring cafés, banking, athletic courts, retail and restaurants. The central quad features an open plaza, detailed landscaping, public art, a 500-person sunken amphitheater, a large dining terrace, outdoor pavilions and café chairs and tables.All employees will be within a 2.5-minute walk (or less) from th

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Seeing the Light—Sort of

It’s not uncommon for high-density spaces, such as hospitals and high schools, to be constituted of many windowless areas—places, clearly, where shortages of natural light don’t facilitate the sense of well-being many institutions wish to enact. To address this issue, CoeLux, a company that offers technology that artificially mimics daylight, has experimented with the tech in a number of healthcare spaces, and is reporting some early feedback.At La Tour Hospital in Geneva, several CoeLux systems have been installed throughout the ward, including a CoeLux 60 HC in the waiting room, and nine CoeLux ST Ibla, in one of the “bunker” rooms where patients undergo treat

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Striking the Daylighting Lighting Balance

Another example of an engaging and dynamic library renovation recently took place at the Columbus Metropolitan Library-Main Branch in Ohio. In swapping out the stone-clad walls with glass curtainwall, Schooley Caldwell & gund Partnership have essentially created a library in a park in connecting the original 1907 building, built from money donated by Andrew Carnegie to the 9-plus acre adjacent public Topiary Park.Partnering with lighting designer Tec Studio, strategic uplighting, downlighting, cove lighting, and suspended linear luminaires deliver aesthetic, balanced lighting and energy savings. Take the centerpiece atrium, for example. Tec Studio’s design embraces the existing cle

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Solar Heat Reduced

Achieving the highest solar reflectance rating in the shade fabric industry, M Screen Chroma solar shade fabric features a reflective aluminum backing to minimize solar heat gain. This proprietary coating creates a hydrophobic finish that allows the material to be used in humid environments.

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Lit Up and Leak-Free

LIGHTWALL 3440 vertical wall panels can extend up to 54-ft. long. The translucent polycarbonate panels provide energy savings via daylighting, outstanding insulation value and the absence of leak-prone horizontal joints. Tongue-and-groove joinery provides a clean appearance without the need for vertical framing.

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Station No.14, Madison, Wi.

Daylighting of Station 14

OPN Architects was challenged to deliver a glare-free, daylit space for Station No. 14, Madison, Wisc.’s largest fire station. Battling solar heat gain and glare from the west elevation, the architects specified 2,630 sq. ft. of Kingspan’s UniQuad translucent wall panel system. Covering three sides of the multi-purpose facility—which serves as work space, gym and indoor training facility, in addition to a fire station—the translucent panels are integrated with clear glass on the east and west façades and covered with a slanted photovoltaic roof. 

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Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore

Singapore's Jeweled Dome

Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport, designed by Safdie Architects, is a spectacular multi-faceted glass dome covering 1.7 million sq. ft. of terraced gardens, retail and restaurant space, lodging, terminal operations with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and a suspended glass-bottomed bridge. Incorporating more than 550,000 sq. ft. of Vitro’s Solarban 70 glass, the glazing not only lights up the terminal, but supports the indoor plant life, and offers good acoustics at one of the world’s busiest airports. More than 9,000 triangles of the double-glazed glass were fabricated, with no more than two units shaped in the same way. A 16-mm air space between the two panels

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The Fayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Ky.

Restoring Order to the Courthouse

The Fayette County Courthouse was once the shining jewel of Lexington, Ky. Constructed in 1899, the Richardsonian Romanesque-style building was one of the first fully electrified structures in the city. Its heralded central dome used electric lighting to create a star-like ceiling. But, in the 1960s, a central elevator shaft and hvac equipment obscured all views.A 2016 renovation led by K Norman Berry Architects, with Deborah Berke Partners, converted the courthouse into a mixed-use office and restaurant space. The dome was restored, but also included the addition of Technical Glass Products’ Fireframes ClearFloor System, as well as a tempered, laminated walking surface glass, and a st

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Skylight Fits Flat for Low-Pitch Roofs

An edge-to-edge curve to skylights is bringing in more daylight, while producing a sleek, modern roof aesthetic. CurveTech Skylights combine elegant design with exceptional daylighting for design- and quality-conscious architects. Designed for use on flat or low-pitch roofs, the curve allows rain water to disperse off the glass while installed on a zero-degree pitch roof.

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Fire-Rated Flooring First

Recently achieving two-hour fire-rated protection, SAFTI FIRST’s GPX FireFloor System has passed Underwriters Laboratories UL 263/ULC-S101 test. Twice as large as other fire resistive glass-floor systems, the system supports a maximum individual panel area of 40.9 sq. ft. for fully-supported floor panels and 25.7 sq. ft. for butt-glazed floor panels. The system is a single glass unit comprised of custom SuperLite II-XL, combined with a tempered laminated non-slip walking surface and a fire-resistive rated structural steel framing grid.

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