Published in English for the first time, this second edition of the popular French original discusses the development of a new method of working with glass.
Peter Rice no longer considers glass an inert material: in his view, it is a material that, when correctly used, reacts to loads. Its structural qualitites can therefore be exploited. The authors describe how the exceptional serres, or greeenhouses, of the Musee des Sciences et de I'Industries at Parc La Villette, Paris were achieved, showing in detail their methods and design philosophy but also the difficulties and obstacles encountered. Structural Glassis a passionate account of the intellectual approach and techniques involved in high-technology projects, where architecture plays a role in the development of an evolving technical culture.
This new English edition, revised and expanded by Hugh Dutton, confirms the success of the innovative system demonstrated at La Villette. With nine new case studies not only from France but from Norway, London and Japan and an eight page colour section, Peter Rice and Hugh Dutton demonstrate possible applications of this new method of working with glass and its adaptation to large-scale projects with very different design and technical constraints.
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INTRODUCTION Design philosophy and methodology
CHAPTER 1 The glass and its support points
CHAPTER 2 The glass suspension system
CHAPTER 3 The cable trusses
CHAPTER 4 The structure and overall performance of a Serre
The climate inside the Serres
The Grande Nef of the Collines du Nord La Defense Paris
Banque Populaire de IOuest et de IArmorique Montgermont
Public canopy Verdun
New entrance to the CNIT La Defense Paris
The greenhouses of the Pare Citroen Pans
Developments in Japan
Avenue Montaigne Paris
The Grand Louvre inverted pyramid Paris
Chronology of the Serres project
POSTSCRIPT 109 Structural glass tn other projects
The Lintas footbridge Paris
The Groningen video pavilion