One of the most prevalent sites and commonly used features within architectural glass systems is the glass fin. The purpose of the glass fin is dual: to display the structural properties of glass by bearing and transferring weight and permitting light flow and open views.
How glass fins work architectural glass
In structural glass systems, glass fins and concealed metal fixings support the frameless assembly. Transferring horizontal and vertical loads caused by wind and rain to the overall structure excludes the need for unsightly metal mullions and support beams. Different connections in the glass system are then used to transfer the loads from the surface to the fins.
What is the composition of a glass fin?
The main structure of a glass fin is typically two layers of tempered glass that can blend with many different types of glass, including coloured glass, to create the architectural glass effect the designer is seeking. It is feasible to make longer glass fins with modern capabilities by splicing together two or more fins using special plates. Depending on the size of the intended structure, they can be made longer – up to a length of eighteen metres.
Why glass fins work
They are tough, enduring, and obscure the boundary between interior and exterior. Glass fins illuminate space with light and perfectly balance practicality and aesthetics. Contact us today if you are interested in using glass fins in your next architectural glass project and would like to arrange a consultation.