Category: Windows

3M Transforms Main Headquarters to Inspire Curiosity and Wonder

The installation is made up of nearly 500 individual pieces of film on each side of the building, which fit together like a mosaic. Two types of 3M films supported the vision for this installation – 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film, opaque for the windowless surfaces, and 3M™ Scotchcal™ Perforated Window Graphic, perforated to cover the windows. The perforated film allows for 60 percent of light to transfer through the window into the space inside, while still reflecting color on the outside and providing viewability from the inside out.

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A room with a view: Seattle’s Space Needle’s revolving glass floor

The completely reimagined Space Needle experience dramatically expands views of Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Cascade and Olympic mountain. The upper and lower levels are now unified by a cantilever grand staircase, the Oculus Stairs, creating a new destination that embodies the spirit of possibility for which Seattle is known. Visitors to The Loupe can walk, stand, or sit on the glass floor suspended 500 feet above the city, taking in never-before-seen downward views of the Space Needle’s unique architecture and elevators.

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500,000 Acrylic Blocks Made Yearly at Hy-Lite®

For the past 30 years Hy-Lite® has been making thousands of acrylic block windows — one block at a time. The Florida-based operation manufactures approximately 500,000 acrylic blocks each year to include in their privacy windows.

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MI’s Adds Black SuperCapSR Color Technology to Homemaker3 & EC190 Sliding Glass Door Product Lines

MI Windows and Doors’ HomeMaker3 and EnergyCore (EC) 190 sliding glass door product lines are now available with the company’s black SuperCapSR co-extrusion exterior color technology. Previously only available in silver and bronze, SuperCapSR is a scratch-resistant, molecularly-fused color layer that reflects up to 76 percent of infrared light, helping to prevent heat build-up and frame distortion caused by high outdoor temperatures and extreme sun and UV exposure.

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Kolbe introduces Heritage Series XL Sterling double hung

Kolbe is featuring a Heritage Series XL Sterling double hung window measuring 48 inches wide by 120 inches tall at the AIA Conference on Architecture in booth #4755. With a radius half circle and performance divided lites in the upper sash, this window provides a historically authentic style with modern aesthetics, efficiency and performance.

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Keep Building Occupants Healthy and Comfortable with Professionally Installed Window Film

Among other benefits, professionally installed window film helps avoid interior temperature swings and keeps building occupants comfortable. Window film may help retain heat in the colder months, and in warmer months allows in less than 25 percent of solar energy versus 90 percent without film, keeping the temperature further regulated. The view to the outside doesn’t have to be compromised either, as window film is available in a variety of shades, from virtually clear, to medium, or dark. In addition, since the product is always in place, there is no operator involvement needed to enjoy its benefits. 

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Winners of 10th Annual Marvin Architects Challenge Showcase Preeminent Architectural Design

The Marvin Family of Brands is announcing the winners of its 10th Marvin Architects Challenge – an annual design competition that recognizes inventive use of the company’s windows and doors in exceptional residential and commercial projects. Renowned architects Jane Frederick, FAIA, ASID; Matt Kreilich, FAIA; and Takashi Yanai, FAIA, served as judges for the competition and selected six winners from more than 220 submissions from across North America. The winning projects range in style from a modern residence in the remote woods of Wisconsin to the historic revitalization of a former department store in Alabama, and highlight how the strategic use of doors and windows can transform any space.

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UCLA Luskin Conference Center sets a high bar for hospitality sustainability, features Wausau’s windows, doors and curtainwall

The recently opened University of California Los Angeles’ Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center (UCLA Luskin Conference Center) sets a new standard for conference centers and hotels, not just in a campus setting, but for the hospitality industry as a whole. Last year, the $162 million building earned LEED® Platinum certification and is considered one of the most sustainable hotels in the United States. Supporting UCLA Luskin Conference Center’s sustainability goals, acoustic performance and access to natural light were key contributors. Windows dominate the conference center’s lobby and meeting rooms, flooding the interior with sunshine. Wausau Window and Wall Systems provided high-performance windows, terrace doors and a curtainwall to help manage exterior noise and interior comfort, while contributing to the building’s overall energy efficiency.

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May-June-2018 PRISM

Editor’s pick – Takeda Global Headquarters

Takeda Global Headquarters in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan. In the 1st floor entrance space, a large circular stone filled with flowing water and light symbolizes “the source of life”, and wooden artwork made of three-dimensional kanji motifs for “water” and “light” lines the walls.

Takeda Global Headquarters in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan. In the 1st floor entrance space, a large circular stone filled with flowing water and light symbolizes “the source of life”, and wooden artwork made of three-dimensional kanji motifs for “water” and “light” lines the walls.

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