Although glass may normally be perceived as essentially ‘invisible’, one manufacturer has explored the potential to remove glare and reflections to produce truly invisible structural glazing.
In its campaign, Guardian Glass is highlighting what it describes as the “numerous possibilities that are now open to architects” using Guardian Clarity anti-reflective glass in exterior building applications.
Guardian Glass commented:
“While the use of anti-reflective glass for interior design and glass displays is becoming even more common, we wanted to highlight it is now possible to effectively use anti-reflective glass for building and facade applications too. When glass continues to be a physical barrier, but is no longer an optical one, imagine the world of design opportunities this would represent for architects. Reflections and glare can now be minimised, creating invisible glazing without spoiling an otherwise perfect view.”
The company, based in Michigan, has designed Guardian Clarity to reduce reflection from 8 per cent to “around 0.7 per cent compared to standard glass,” as well as “increasing light transmission for a viewing experience that is virtually distortion free.”
Andras Kovacs, product manager at Guardian Glass commented:
“The need to make structural glazing virtually invisible can now be met. Architects can create transparent, crystal clear views through the glass, including curved facades.” He continued: “Imagine the world’s skyscrapers without reflections in the glazing. It would definitely have a powerful effect on the aesthetics of cities, and how each building is perceived and experienced.”
The company said that with glass facade aesthetics being “a complex matter that involves changing levels of internal and external reflection and colours in different light conditions, Guardian Clarity glass “gives architects more freedom to create buildings that stand out – by increasing visibility into or from the building, or by creating an invisible canvas to bring the interior to the fore.”