Crystal Bricks II

This is our third residential project using glass block as the main structural element.

The following three materials are used together effectively to achieve structural strength and stability.

1. Steel flat bars, 19mm x 65mm in section supporting vertical load

2. Glass blocks supporting horizontal load

3. ALC (autoclaved lightweight aerated concrete) panels supporting horizontal load

Because the compressive strength of the glass blocks and the ALC panels are almost equal, the two materials can be exchanged freely while maintaining the same structural properties. This enables a flexible layout of glass blocks and ALC panels, and consequently opacity and transparency can be fine-tuned freely.

Furthermore, thermal and soundproof performances are improved with the use of a new material called ‘FiNEX Hi’ developed by Nippon Electric Glass. The ALC panels are finished with heat exchange paint and stain proof paint.

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completion dateFeb .2011
locationTokyo, Japan
building usePrivate House
site area143.84㎡
building area74.48㎡
total floor area156.31㎡
architectural designYAMASITA, Yasuhiro / Atelier Tekuto
constructional designSATO, Jun / Jun Sato Structural Engineers
construction managementMATSUOKA, Shigeki / Home Builder
photographSOBAJIMA, Toshihiro


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