View from the Top! – The Height of Glass Design

If you’re scared of heights this post is probably not for you…

This week we are just in awe of the glass floor of the Skydeck at Willis Tower, Chicago. Want your own Skydeck? Just call us. Glass is not just for windows and rooflights, it is one of the most effective flooring solutions out there.

Part of the Skydeck where you are literally ‘walking in the air’ is known as The Ledge – it extends four feet out from the building on the 103rd floor – that’s 1,353 feet above ground. The original architects of the building Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) designed The Ledge so that the fully enclosed glass boxes retract into the building for cleaning and maintenance. But it was the international structural glass design firm of Halcrow Yolles, who designed and detailed all the glass and steel components. Staring with  with the architect’s original concept, the engineers took the design one step further by eliminating all perimeter structural steel at the sides and along the floor of the glass enclosures and creating a near-invisible support system. In other words, to create that feeling there is nothing between you, the sky and the ground over 1,000 feet below. Continue reading »

Posted: Tuesday 9th August 2016 | Author: Vision AGI Team