Glass, curtain walls, and glazing offer increased visibility

Vitro Architectural Systems’ glazing SUNGATE 400 coating (Courtesy Vitro Architectural Systems)

Glass facades remain the cladding of choice for residential and commercial projects—both in densely populated metropolises as well as suburbs. High visibility and improved technology in weather barriers make this exterior sheathing option increasingly the material of choice—above wood, brick, and even concrete.

(Courtesy Vitro Architectural Systems)

Vitro Architectural Systems

Glazed in a passive solar control coating, thermal performance is improved, and solar heat gain is reduced. This energy efficient solution helps to reduce winter heating costs and provides exceptionally clear views.

(Courtesy Pilkington)

Pilkington with TGP ProColor

This self-supported glazing system is fashioned by “u-shaped” channels installed either vertically or horizontally. Allotting for the passage of natural light, the translucent glass system is available in a variety of colors and textures—as well as varying translucencies.

(Courtesy Reynaers)

CW 86

Intended to insulate while maintaining a certain aesthetic sensibility, this system was designed for large building projects and time sensitivity. It is pre-assembled, then put into place on the facade, and subsequently built piecemeal.

(Courtesy YKK)


Engineered for maximizing views, this curtain wall system is built from structural silicone glazing. It affords an operable vent and aeration without the unsightly aesthetics and sight blockage of traditional windows and openings.

(Courtesy Pulp Studio)

Pulp Studio

This laminated glass is outfitted with micro shade louvers that are angled to improve the performance of solar heat gain and provide complete sun shading. The minimal sight line allows viewers to see through the glass without obstructing views.

(Courtesy J.E. Berkowitz)

J.E. Berkowitz

This glazed curtain wall solution is made from triple sealed silicone and a pre-applied acrylic adhesive. It works as an energy efficient spacer that accommodates narrow glass without sacrificing energy and structural concerns.