Acrylic Glazing used in Architecture

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Unlike float glass acrylic panels can be used as structural elements in architecture. Acrylic is used to high loads and has proven to retain its stability over several decennia.

One of the most obvious uses is in relation to separating water bodies (e.g. underwater windows for swimming pools, acrylic aquariums or other large water shapes.

Those elements can be used to divide the room, while transforming the view by the material’s transparency. With the help of acrylic blocks the water body can stand upright in space – leaving its sides open for spectators to watch the underwater scenery – while retaining the water. Sunlight can be broken by those water bodies and illuminate the adjacent rooms in its very special fashion.

available curved shapes

available curved shapes

In the outdoors there are several other applications for acrylic architectural glazing. Ocean views can be retained where formerly bulkheads spoilt the environment with the help of acrylic elements.

 

More Information on Acrylic in Architecture

References:

Some names we are proud of to have worked for at project stage:

  • OMA – Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam
  • Sanaa – Sejima And Nishizawa And Associates, Tokio
Work of Sanaa Architects for pavilion in Barcelona

Work of Sanaa Architects for pavilion in Barcelona


Housefront in Ardeche, France; photo courtessy of Degussa

Housefront in Ardeche, France; photo courtessy of Degussa


photo courtessy of Degussa

photo courtessy of Degussa


Behnisch & Frei Otto Work of the Munich Olympic Stadium Rooftop

Behnisch & Frei Otto Work of the Munich Olympic Stadium Rooftop


Closeup of Olympic Stadium Rooftop

Closeup of Olympic Stadium Rooftop