The Next Wave of Glass in Architecture: Exciting Developments to Watch
The Future of glass in Architecture: A look at emerging technologies or trends that could shape the use of glass in buildings in the future.
Glass has been a popular material in construction for centuries, and it is constantly evolving. Here are just a few of the ways that glass is expected to shape the future of architecture:
Smart glass, also known as switchable glass, is glass that can be electronically controlled to change from transparent to opaque. This technology is expected to become more widespread in the future, allowing for the control of light and privacy in buildings.
Glass is expected to continue to be used in the creation of transparent structures, such as bridges and balconies, that provide stunning views and a sense of openness.
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The development of new coatings and technologies is expected to improve the energy efficiency of glass, making it an even more sustainable choice for buildings.
Advances in glass production are expected to allow for the creation of customized glass for specific applications. This could include glass with special properties, such as self-cleaning or anti-fogging, or glass that is specifically tailored to a particular building’s needs.
Fig 4: Self- Cleaning Glass diagram
Glass is expected to become more widely used as a building material in its own right. In the future, we may see buildings made entirely of glass, with glass being used for walls, floors, and other structural elements.
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