One of the key elements of the operation is a fritted glass
skin with 400 custom-made panels that vary in opacity: The facade controls heat gain to achieve comfortable interior spaces suitable for an art collection.
Natural light illuminates the areas, and fritted glass
walls are used to provide privacy while still allowing daylight to enter the interior.
, which has a rough surface, reduces reflections and collisions as long as the fritting is on the outside surface.
Large areas of low-e, UV-resistant glass were also used to create an open, welcoming look Fritted glass
is used on some exposures Recycled rubber sheet goods are the most common flooring material Furniture and counters use high-quality laminates.
Installation of fritted glass
and other low-energy materials permitted glazing of up to 80 percent of the facade, allowing maximum transparency while still conforming to stringent Massachusetts energy codes.
The facades of the building are composed primarily of a fritted glass
skin with a varying pattern that controls ultraviolet light and also dapples the sunlight to create a friendly atmosphere inside the reading and working areas.
The tectonic-plate pattern of the fritted glass
is echoed in the textured surface of the central stand-up technology station on the first floor of the atrium.
Furthermore, the color is applied to the windows in a strange allusion to fritted glass
whose contextual implications have no conceivable relevance to the rest of the project and serve no ostensible purpose.
At CityCenter's gateway is KPF's Mandarin Oriental, an elegantly simple and tactile building with a facade of interlocking motifs of vertical stainless steel panels and fritted glass
The structure of the veil set up a beautiful repeated pattern which then informed the fritted glass
ceilings together acting as a tent, protecting the spaces from the sun.
Other sustainable features include capturing site runoff, minimizing natural lighting in visitor service areas and offices, low-e glass, fritted glass
and window shading to control daylight and heat gain, and lighting occupancy sensors throughout.
At MoMA there are also technical challenges, such as a facade that ranges from fritted glass
to black granite, which contribute to a rather unstable display surface.