Glass Façade Digital Printed in a Commercial Building in Holand
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An All-Glass Exterior Creates a Historic Installation with a Clear Future
Perfectly Customized Panels Ensure the Right View
The Glass Farm is a mixed-use project, hosting office, commercial and recreational spaces within the structure. Many different elements were taken into account to create a realistic exterior, with different layers used to create these effects. Layers of information were printed on the glass including a brick texture imitation layer; a printed windows and door layer contributes to the scaling effect; and a playful atmosphere layer, with small historic references and environment details breathes life into the installation. One such playful element the designers added was superimposing a four-meter (13 foot) high farm door, to give adults the nostalgic feeling of being a small child again. In addition, a transparency and solar heat gain control layer, in which the printed windows are not the actual “windows” of the building, helps maintain more efficient climate control, while keeping the exterior looking authentic.
A highly complicated, intricate and precise installation, the Glass Farm required thousands of individual, customized glass panels. To keep track, variable data codes were printed on each panel for easy installation and reproduction.
Besides an incredibly accurate replication, using digital ceramic printing gave the Glass Farm the durability it needs to withstand the elements over the long haul. The result: technology that perfectly replicates tradition – a modern glasshouse built in the image of history that is sure to stand the test of time.