Trans­for­ma­tion of res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments from Con­crete to Glass Fa­cades

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In­puts As Pro­vided By Hi­ral Sheth, Di­rec­tor- Mar­ket­ing, Sheth Cre­ators

Trans­for­ma­tion of res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments from Con­crete to Glass Fa­cades

The pres­ence of glass in the In­dian De­sign In­dus­try was pri­mar­ily felt in the last decade when its us­age started pro­gress­ing from a mere aes­thetic/dec­o­ra­tive ma­te­rial to a struc­tural ma­te­rial aiding in flow of spa­ces, es­tab­lish­ing trans­parency in ar­chi­tec­ture and mak­ing na­ture merge nat­u­rally into de­signs.

To­day, many people as­so­ciate ‘con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture’ with glass. If not a ne­ces­sity, it has be­come a vi­tal part of the In­dian Ar­chi­tec­ture which of late has been ex­per­i­ment­ing with ma­te­ri­als. Glob­ally, In­dia is counted amongst one of the largest con­sumers of glass in con­struc­tion. As times and ar­chi­tec­tural fash­ions changed how­ever, glass and steel gained a foothold among all the stone and mar­ble, un­til gleam­ing glass fa­cades be­came the norm rather than the ex­cep­tion— par­tic­u­larly in new res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment. Hav­ing trav­elled the path from a ‘frag­ile’ ma­te­rial to a sturdy, stronger ma­te­rial glass has also given the ‘green trend’ in build­ings a back­ing in the form of its in­no­va­tions like dou­ble glazed glass, ther­mal in­su­lat­ing glass and so­lar con­trol glass. With the ad­vent of treated glass the use of glass has been in­creas­ing man­i­folds.

Glass it­self has come a very long way since it was just the stuff win­dows were made of. To­day, its col­ors, tints, fin­ishes, and treat­ments are nearly lim­it­less—and it’s strong enough to be a build­ing ma­te­rial in its own right. Mum­bai has wit­nessed a po­ten­tial de­mand for glass and the use of glass will bring in a di­verse revo­lu­tion to the Mum­bai’s sky­line. Glass truly has be­come sym­bolic of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and open­ness in ar­chi­tec­ture to­day.

Com­bin­ing tech­no­log­i­cal ad­van­tages with glass, de­sign­ers have plunged for­ward to ex­per­i­ment with its var­i­ous facets. Glass has no re­place­ment and with safety fea­tures added to it, the fu­ture def­i­nitely rests with it. In­dia to­day is still one of the fastest grow­ing economies in the world. With the econ­omy show­ing signs of re­vival, de­mand for glass will be bounc­ing back in dou­ble dig­its in commercial and res­i­den­tial realty.

The com­ing years will see a colos­sal de­mand of safety glasses. Glass fa­cades - whether cur­tain walling, bolted glaz­ing, spi­der glaz­ing or point fixed glass fa­cades will be pre­ferred in res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment as be­sides get­ting in nat­u­ral day­light it can make a room look larger, brighter and also open up ex­tra floor space. Be­ing re­cy­clable in na­ture, durable, noise con­trol, re­sis­tance to cor­ro­sion, low main­te­nance, acous­ti­cal com­forts (with dou­ble glazed glass fa­cades), will def­i­nitely be sig­nif­i­cant in bal­anc­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and mak­ing it biodegrad­able.

The re­flec­tive glass is tai­lor­made for In­dian cli­mate in Mum­bai. It helps in low emis­siv­ity with so­lar con­trol, high vis­i­ble light trans­mit­tance and glare con­trol. To­day, the ar­chi­tec­ture trends have been mov­ing more to­wards higher trans­parency & low re­flec­tion, neu­tral look­ing glasses. The new trend adapted is con­vert­ing flat glass to shapes that al­lows ‘free form’ sur­faces with geo­met­ric com­plex­ity and the pos­si­bil­ity” of in­te­grat­ing other el­e­ments like, LED’s, into con­ven­tional flat glass which gives a long last­ing im­pres­sion in minds of people and thereby cre­ates the project as a sym­bol .

The past four years have seen ame­lio­ra­tion in the us­age of glass by al­most 60%. This at­tributes to the aes­thetic qual­ity, easy main­te­nance and the ca­pa­bil­ity of glass to main­tain the glory of a build­ing for years. Also, Glass takes less space, is easy to in­stall and takes less time to com­plete the job as com­pared to con­ven­tional gyp­sum par­ti­tions and civil struc­tures.

The use of Glass def­i­nitely con­fers the build­ing look aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing and lighter on the eyes. With In­di­ans be­com­ing in­creas­ingly aware of in­creas­ing costs on ac­count of bad en­ergy man­age­ment, newer build­ings have a higher per­cent­age of glass on their fa­cades. Look­ing at the fu­tur­is­tic trend, the de­mand for glass as a build­ing ma­te­rial can only go up.

Auris Seren­ity, an up­com­ing iconic res­i­den­tial project in Malad spread over a sprawl­ing land­scaped area of more than 8 acres has adapted Glass Fa­cades in the mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture and con­struc­tions. Dis­tinc­tively de­signed, the project re-es­tab­lishes an am­bi­ence to match a world class re­sort. Auris Seren­ity stands tall above street re­tails & eight podium lev­els with an Eco-Deck level of­fer­ing grand club­houses, swim­ming pools & multi-pur­pose gym­na­sium that host in­ter­na­tional tech­nolo­gies and a splen­did podium recre­ational area

Hi­ral Sheth, Direc­torMar­ket­ing, Sheth Cre­ators

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