curved insulated glass units applied as structural glass entities
The east campus of the University College of London expands its capacity with new residential towers. Located in the vicinity of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the towers are characterized by relatively big windows consisting of IGU's designed by vitroplena. Despite the focus on safety, we succesfully managed to present an economic design, satisfying local regulations and needs.
At the corners of the buildings, curved IGUs are applied. In addition to a standard curtain wall design, vitroplena also explored the extent of stiffness and strength of the curved glass shape, aiming to use these curved IGUs as structural members supporting the neighbouring straigth IGUs by adhesively bonding them to each other. A successful design was engineered, resulting in the absence of metal profiles at the corner zones of the towers.