innovative solutions

the by vitroplena developed innovative technologies and calculation methods for glass enable the realisation of glass supporting structures which result in maximum transparency, without hampering structural safety. Some examples of all-glass solutions are: 

 

  • glass stairs, which limit the feeling of space-intake and create a floating effect
  • glass skybox/greenhouse, supported by glass columns and beams for maximum view
  • structural glass walls, which make interior supporting columns redundant and hence enable the creation of large, free spaces
  • transparent column-beam systems, which support for example (multi-span) floors, roofs and façades, resulting in a floating effect
  • glass roofs, transparently supported, which enable a skyview at day and night from the inside
  • maximum transparent glass façades, for maximum view
  • all-glass 3D structures, a new generation of transparent construction
  • glass swimming pool (walls) and aquariums, for a special, look-through effect and a smooth integration in interior as well as exterior applications
  • glass balconies, enabling a maximum view and creating a floating effect
  • glass canopies, which provide protection against precipitation without limiting the view
  • glass parapets, for a maximum view and enhanced safety against climbing (e.g. for kids)

 

the renders below give an impression of how these innovative solutions could look like in practical applications

 

 

structural glass beam system

vitroplena has developed an innovative, currently patented, glass beam system that allows the construction of large-scale glass supporting systems for floors, roofs, façades etc. The system was developed focusing on structural safety and robustness, while maximising transparency and beam continuity. The beam system is typically composed of prefab beam modules which are connected on site through an innovative connection methodology. 

 

a transparent office floor

the glass beam system was first presented as one of the winning business cases on Techboost 2017, an event organised by the faculty of engineering and architecture of Ghent University. A mock-up of a transparent office floor, carried by the beam system, was presented and extensively tested by the amazed public. It is currently exhibited at the first floor of the department of structural engineering at Ghent University. On the picture you see the mock-up tested by Kenny Martens (center), his two promotors: prof. Jan Belis (left) and prof. Robby Caspeele (center-right), and two colleagues: Bert Van Lancker (center-left) and Wouter Botte (right).