Glass roof forms stunning vortex in art museum’s courtyard

 Artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann’s firm Studio Other Spaces has enclosed a courtyard at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum in New York with an intricate glass canopy. Drawing inspiration from the area’s sometimes intense weather patterns, the architectural art installation is defined by a stunning vortex-like funnel.  Read more here

1,854 ultra-transparent glass panels

The Albert Einstein Education and Research Center (AEERC) is part of a larger hospital complex and measures 12,000 sq m.  The outer skylight is made up of 1,854 ultra-transparent glass panels, coated with triple-silver solar protection to reduce heat gain, and printed with a pattern of translucent ceramic dots to shade sunlight,” explained the firm. “The glass has minimal reflectivity to avoid disturbing exterior reflections. The inner layer of the roof is a transparent membrane, micro-perforated to absorb noise and printed with a custom pattern of translucent dots that provide shading, but also glow in the sunlight.  The increasing density of dots towards the East and West ends shades low-angle sun, while the center dome is entirely clear, allowing full sunlight to reach the denser planting in the center garden. As seen from below, the overlapping layers of dots, is like seeing dappled sunlight through the overlapping leaves of a tree, evoking the feeling of being under a tree canopy.  Read more here

Tuneable smart window coating traps heat in winter, reflects it in summer

Researchers at Oxford have developed a new smart window coating that can be tuned on the fly to emit or reflect heat from the Sun in different amounts, reducing the energy costs of heating and cooling by up to a third. The team says this new design should be relatively simple and inexpensive to implement, but of course it’s not quite ready for prime time just yet. Read more here