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Cristina Parreño Investigates the Tectonics of Transparency With Glass Wall Prototype

Cristina Parreño Investigates the Tectonics of Transparency With Glass Wall Prototype
Cristina Parreño Investigates the Tectonics of Transparency With Glass Wall Prototype, © Jane Messinger
© Jane Messinger

Architect and MIT Lecturer Cristina Parreño has created this new prototype for a self-supporting glass facade, entitled "The Wall." The design is the first in Parreño's "Tectonics of Transparency," a series of planned prototypes that will "explore the relationship between formal design, spatial perception, structural efficiency and systems of fabrication."

More details about Parreño's prototype after the break

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© Jane Messinger

By working almost exclusively with glass, each prototype in the Tectonics of Transparency series will require "new means and method of aggregation, joinery, and stabilization," with The Wall relying on the compressive strength of glass to produce a spatial and visual experience that is specific to the medium of glass.

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© John Horner

"The use of glass as the only material touches on issues of perception, privacy, transparency, light and opacity," says Parreño, with the design emphasizing a connection between structure and light in a way that is not possible with most other compressive structures.

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© Jane Messinger

The depth and form of the structure also gives multiple impressions depending on the angle it is viewed from, both through the apparent shape of the apertures and the way light passes through the structural elements.

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Currently on display at the International Design Center at MIT, The Wall will soon be joined by Parreño's other investigations into structural glass as her Tectonics of Transparency project continues.

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Cristina Parreño
  • Research Assistant

    Sixto Cordero
  • Collaborators

    Dohyun Lee, Stefan Elsholtz, Nazareth Ekmekian and Haydee Casellas
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Cristina Parreño Investigates the Tectonics of Transparency With Glass Wall Prototype" 26 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/572353/cristina-parreno-investigates-the-tectonics-of-transparency-with-glass-wall-prototype/> ISSN 0719-8884
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