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.
Each glass panel in The Ledge weights 1,500 pounds. Each box is made from three layers of half-inch thick glass laminated into one seamless unit. The Ledge offers an unparalleled view and never before seen perspective on Chicago as well as being a cutting edge example of the applications of architectural glass technology.Dare you step to the edge of The Ledge?
Glass brings the outside closer. Come to the edge of cutting glass design. We have the vision to take glass to the next step. Allow us to add to yours and bring it to life.
For more on The Ledge at the Skydeck in Chicago visit http://theskydeck.com/the-tower/facts-about-the-ledge/