Window Shopping Worthy Entrance and Storefront Projects

It’s no longer enough to simply provide access into a building. Today’s storefronts and entrances play an important role in the project’s overall aesthetics. Bigger glass sizes, luxurious details and a push for high performance features can all be combined to create unique storefront and entrance applications. Take a look at just some of the recent projects that caught our editor’s eye.

Grand Openings

Celine, a luxury retailer, creates more than fashionable first impressions. The New York location was also AGNORA’s first installation of jumbo anti-reflective glass at the retail level. The project entailed 21 units measuring 93 by 190 inches and weighing in at 1,886 pounds per unit. Each unit consisted of a total of five pieces of laminated glass, three outboard and two inboard. The outboard lites included SentryGlas interlayers and the anti-reflection coating on the first and second surface, while the inboard lite included a low-E coating and anti-reflective coating on the third and fourth surfaces respectively. AGNORA then assembled and fabricated these two portions to form the final insulating glass units. The resulting construction provides protection against theft, optical clarity, and thermal continuity within an indoor environment. AGNORA was commissioned by AJL Design & Installation Inc. in Islandia, NY, to produce this project.

As with most areas of New York, space is at an absolute premium which can result in unique challenges when installing oversized glass. AJL Design and Installation created a custom “gantry system” to bring the glass along the sidewalk and into place. With only 4-feet of room to work, and nearly 2000 pounds of glass to shuttle with each window, this novel design was critical for the success of this project. The final rig measured 240 inches in length by 240 feet in height by 36 feet in diameter. The first assembly installation took 14 hours and 13 people to fully complete.

This space limitation also pressed AGNORA for shipping time since the oversized glass had to be produced on a particular timeline to ensure closures, equipment and labor were prepared for the task. AGNORA created a 45-degree mitered, insulated corner to finish off the aesthetic and clean site-lines of the project.

Sail Away

Created for those who love life on the water, the $5.5 million electric yacht designed by Arkup is the first of its concept in the world. The floating home combines high-end design and cutting-edge technology to create a fully sustainable living environment. The 75-foot livable yacht was completed last year and features high-performance storefront windows from CGI Commercial, part of the PGT Innovations’ family of brands.

With a goal of creating a moveable waterfront villa that could withstand a Category 4 hurricane, Arkup turned to PGT Innovations for high-performance, impact-resistant doors and windows. The company’s CGI Commercial and WinDoor brands provided products that not only fit the specifications, but also reflected the contemporary style found throughout the yacht. Vista Impact Windows & Doors, an authorized dealer, was the installer.

Located in Miami, the floating home features a mix of CGI Commercial’s SS-3500 window wall system and WinDoor’s 8100 sliding glass door, protecting 40 floor-to-ceiling openings with impact-resistant products that offer 270-degree panoramic waterway views.

The 4,350-square-foot, two-story luxury yacht has four bedrooms, four-and-one-half bathrooms, two balconies, 10-foot ceilings and retractable swimming platform, among other amenities.

Make a Connection

Located at the center of the University of British Columbia campus, the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Center was established to create a platform for open communication and education on Canada’s long abolished Indian residential school system. Designed by Formline Architecture, the distinct sloped foundation of the building conveys an extension of the existing landscape and symbolizes its connection to the nation’s history.

Vancouver’s colder climate has led to the implementation of stringent energy codes. As a result, high-performance products were required for the project. C.R. Laurence supplied the entirety of the building envelope scope and Lynnmour Glass was the glazing contractor.

Products installed included CRL’s Series 2202 curtainwall, which is designed to exceed thermal performance requirements. The system features a skip and debridge thermal break and a continuous thermal spacer to effectively mitigate heat transfer. A slim 2-inch face trim improves sightlines and all-glass visuals. In addition, Series 7600 concealed vent windows are seamlessly integrated into the curtainwall. A low-profile, thermally broken frame balances aesthetics and performance, while offering flexibility in interior temperature control.

Entrances on the first and second levels are outfitted with Mojave Series Advanced Thermal Doors. According to CRL, the doors provide optimal thermal performance using polyamide struts and cutting-edge internal insulation.

Luxurious Accommodations

Ribbons of curved glass wrap a band of retail spaces at the ground level of the Conrad Washington, D.C., a luxury hotel part of City Center D.C., designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

The architectural team wanted a reflective, neutral glazing product to complement the first-floor curved glass, and to continue the look on the flat glass of the upper floor facades. During the glass selection process, TSI Corporations recommended Cristacurva as the glass fabricator. The project features Guardian SunGuard AG 43 coating on UltraClear low-iron glass to create a dynamic exterior further punctuated by the Conrad’s curved, first-floor glass, according to information from Guardian.

Cristacurva fabricated approximately 15,000 square feet of curved insulating glass units for the structure’s first floor. The upper floors utilized roughly 11,000 square feet of curved IGUs for angles and corners and approximately 100,000 square feet of flat IGUs. TSI installed all of these glass make-ups.

The glass aesthetic is complemented by its energy performance. Low-iron glass provides a visible light transmission of 45% with a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.33. The visible light outside reflectance is 30%, while the visible light inside reflectance is 15%.

According to Guardian, the convex shape of the glass also engages with the scale of the pedestrian, while the upper floor facades react directly to the internal hotel functions and the larger urban context while emphasizing the monolithic aspect of the overall massing.

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