Cast glass interlocking components
Themes: Structural Engineering, Materials
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Interlocking cast glass bricks form aesthetically pleasing, stronger than concrete, easy to assemble and disassemble (and thereby easy to recycle), fully transparent construction components for load-bearing structures.
The interlocking bricks are stacked with a dry, colourless intermediate layer in between to account for size tolerances due to the production method. The casting enables thicker, more complex, and stronger components than the usual float glass.
The knowledge base is being advanced by research through design to enable the application of glass in load-bearing elements. The resulting knowledge (e.g. design rules, production methods and design software), is shared with both practice and scientific community.
Ir. Faidra Oikonomopoulou