Structural Glass

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Taylor & Francis, 1995 - Architecture - 144 pages
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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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Contents

PHOTOGRAPHS
17
INTRODUCTION Design philosophy and methodology
25
CHAPTER 1 The glass and its support points
33
CHAPTER 2 The glass suspension system
43
CHAPTER 3 The cable trusses
63
CHAPTER 4 The structure and overall performance of a Serre
77
APPENDICES
94
The climate inside the Serres
95
The Grande Nef of the Collines du Nord La Defense Paris
114
Banque Populaire de IOuest et de IArmorique Montgermont
116
Public canopy Verdun
120
New entrance to the CNIT La Defense Paris
122
The greenhouses of the Pare Citroen Pans
124
Developments in Japan
127
Avenue Montaigne Paris
130
The Grand Louvre inverted pyramid Paris
134

Maintenance equipment
98
Specifications
100
Chronology of the Serres project
101
WORKING DRAWINGS
102
POSTSCRIPT 109 Structural glass tn other projects
109
The Lintas footbridge Paris
111
The Groningen video pavilion
113
Channel 4 Headquarters London
136
TGV railway terminal Roissy
138
The west facade of Lille Cathedral Lille
142
Picture credits
143
INDEX
144
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