Vitro Architectural Glass

True Color

Described as an affordable complement to Vitro’s Starphire Ultra-Clear glass, the new Acuity low-iron glass offers a transparent, neutral and crisper view with a greater fidelity than regular clear glass. Compatible with Vitro’s suite of Solarban glazing, Acuity is also available in 6-mm. thickness for monolithic spandrel glass applications where true-color rendition is necessary, or to be paired with a low-E coated lite in an insulating glass unit.

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Sawtooth Shading

The 55-story 181 Fremont high-rise features a distinct sawtooth patterned façade which dictates that window mullions in the curtainwall angle slightly in against one another, essentially functioning as a shading device. Vitro’s triple-silver-coated Solarban 70XL glass blocks 70% of the sun’s heat energy while enabling 65% of the ambient daylight to pass through.

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Amazon's Geodesic Spheres

NBBJ selected Vitro’s Solarban 60 and Starphire Ultra-Clear glass for their clarity and ability to facilitate photosynthesis. In fact, low-iron glass and a specific low-E coating—that allowed for 480 nanometers of light to come in while rejecting heat—was carefully chosen to promote plant growth for the more than 40,000 plants in the greenhouse.

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Treehouse Glazing

For Mexico’s library at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Sasaki Associates’ endeavored to create a treehouse in the middle of the campus forest. The floor-to-ceiling windows, fabricated with Solarban 90 Vitro glass, deliver a light-to-solar gain ratio of 2.22 and a corresponding reduction in demand for artificial lighting and AC.

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Canopy of Glass Connects

World-renowned artist Spencer Finch designed an architectural canopy to connect two new office buildings at the center of Amazon’s expanded headquarters campus in Seattle. A walk through local woods inspired Finch’s “There is Another Sky,” his recreation of the dynamic patterns of light and shapes that form when light filters through foliage. The stylized canopy addsa creative, artistic element to the classic canopy design and reflects the local culture, all while providing an open, welcoming feeling in an urban setting. Finch developed the pattern with five hues and five opacities to control and vary the amount of light that filters through the decorative canopy, whi

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Old and New

Chicago O’Hare Airport’s Terminal 5 was designed more than 20 years ago, so when it recently underwent a renovation and expansion, architects Epstein Global specified Starphire Ultra-Clear glass by Vitro Architectural Glass to enhance the existing architecture and continue it through the expansion. A two-story interior curtainwall serves as a partition separating secured and non-secured areas of the terminal. The glass panels line up against one another and create a continuous image that shows the gradual changes in color and texture that can be seen when heading inland from Lake Michigan to Chicago and on to Illinois’ rural cornfields.

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