The Progression of Glass in Architecutre
Posted 28th February 2018
The first widespread use of glass in buildings was for decorative purposes, commonly adorning churches and cathedrals throughout Europe. Whilst undeniably capable of producing beautiful works of art, the glazing methods at the time could only produce small, cloudy panes, which offered poor transparency and strength. Demand shifted at the turn of the industrial revolution when the need for ample indoor light drove glaziers to produce a superior product. Architects needed a material that could form a barrier from the elements whilst allowing natural light to illuminate mills, factories and other indoor working environments.
Since then, the glass used in buildings has advanced in leaps and bounds. The introduction of electric lighting resulted in glass is no longer used as a primary source of light, but the advancements in its capabilities also greatly increased the potential uses. Now used for everything from stylish and eye-catching offices with pleasant, naturally lit working environments to banks with bullet resistant security glass and everything in between, glass is now a major feature of most architectural design.
Architects now have a diverse range of glass products at their disposal when designing buildings ranging from simple double-glazing to structural, fire rated and security glass. Depending on the type of glass and its purpose, specialist fabricators and installers are often called for.
Arkoni are adept at fabricating and installing FIRAS accredited fire prevention systems, bespoke stainless steel glazing systems, enhanced glazing systems and much more. As the glazing industry continues to advance and evolve, Arkoni stays abreast of the latest technology, accreditations and standards to ensure that each project it completes meets both customer and regulatory requirements.