Insight 04

In this fourth edition of Insight, the Studio’s multi-disciplinary teams investigate six over-arching themes of complexity, delivery, environmental, material, performance and process — all forces that continue to propel the facade industry forward.


COMPLEXITY

Building Complexity: Design Approach Behind A Prefabricated Double-Curved Facade
A unique design approach on a complex curved facade.

Novel Uses of Metrology on Geometrically Complex Facades
Laser tracking technology implementation for quality control efforts.

Parametric Workflows for Complex Enclosure Structures
Support of parametric workflows throughout the design and delivery of elaborate enclosures.


DELIVERY

A Visual Breakdown of the Flying Gantry Animation
A three-dimensional animation approach to jobsite assistance equipment in motion.

Sustainable Approach to Unitized Curtainwall Packaging Design
Optimized bunk designs for effective and efficient unit storage and transport.

3D Printed Parts For Engineering and Operations Applications
Integration of full-scale 3D printed prototypes across interdisciplinary groups.

From Billet to Building
Experience the process of curtainwall unit fabrication, assembly and installation.


ENVIRONMENTAL

Evaluating Interior Night Light Exfiltration Through Commercial Building Facades
An analysis of light exfiltration through commercial building envelopes.

Towards A Passive House Curtainwall
Adaptation of Passive House principles for energy efficient structures.


MATERIAL

Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel Facades
Aesthetic placement and installation of structural steel components on facades.

Emerging Material Applications
Exploring a vast array of material applications that align with the design intent.


PERFORMANCE

Maximizing the Twist of Cold Formed Glazing
Pushing the boundaries of controlled variables to obtain cold formed glass.

Simulation-Based Determination of Pressure Coefficients for Multi-Story Double-Skin Facades
An analysis of various airflow configurations of multi-story double-skin facades.


PROCESS

The Significance of the Wireframe: A Discussion of Cost Drivers for Modular Curtainwall Construction
An in-depth review of the factors that drive curtainwall costs.

Visual Storytelling: Show Don’t Tell
How implementation of 3D animations for construction previsualization promotes better decision making.