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Since the moment the first all-glass building was proposed by Mies van der Rohe, architects have sought the perfect façade. A well-designed façade system is often the difference between a mediocre and a spectacular design impression. Budget, aesthetic, and performance constraints require careful balancing. While every project is different, developing a decision-making framework greatly simplifies the process. To explore this process, we will examine three case studies about strikingly different facade strategies selected based on project constraints. For ease of differentiation, the three strategies are classed as “Duplication,” also known as double façade, “Extrusion,” for overhangs and fins, and “Integrated Glass” referring to integrated film, coatings, and frit patterns. Classroom Building – SMHEC View more View full description
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