When designing custom glazing systems, meeting the architectural design intent and overall vision is the most critical facet of the project. However, site logistics and installation methods must be considered, often as early as the bid stage, to determine design trade-offs and how they impact the project budget. When these costs are not well documented,
Walkable skylights are a great way to provide light and blend outdoor with interior design elements. Below are two examples of walkable skylights designed and built by Bellwether. Diana Center at Barnard college The Diana Center at Barnard college was designed to incorporate four walkable skylights – three at a rooftop garden level, and
The design of all glass vestibule is unique to other glass structures, in that they include integrated walls, door portals, roofs and even canopies. At times, these systems are anchored to the base building structure, but just as often, they need to be designed to be self-supporting. Glass Vestibule door openings, in particular, can require
One of our favorite design challenges at Bellwether is the creation of all glass vestibules. They blend aesthetic design with mechanical design, to manage both energy efficiency and the flow of visitors to the building. Glass Vestibule Conditioning / Environmental Management When properly executed, the vestibule’s design actively keeps outside elements from entering the building lobby.
All glass vestibules provide both aesthetic and performance benefits for commercial buildings. They are often a great way to create a “jewel box” entrance feature on a building, while helping to minimize the heat loss, or heat gain, at the front entrance. Vestibules are typically designed as an exterior feature that extends out from the