Japanese architect Kohki Hiranuma unveils 'world's first seamless glass structure'
Early renderings have been released of the ‘world’s first seamless glass structure’ as designed by Japanese architect Kohki Hiranuma for the Venice Architecture Biennale. The 50 sq m structure will be exhibited in the entrance courtyard of the 18th century Palazzo Mora in Venice during the exhibition (7 June - 23 November 2014).
‘Spaces more close to nature, in such environmental changes through the days, bring richness in time,’ says Hiranuma of is ambitious installation. Glastecture ‘Air Flows There’, as the structure has been named, will be comprised of a continuous, seamless sheet of glass. This material choice has been criticised by internet users who fear that the strong Italian sunlight will transform the structure into an overheated greenhouse.
A statement released by Hiranuma and his team at Kohki Hiranuma Architect & Associates outlines the proposed construction method for this unorthodox development: “The glass structure is achieved through the procedure of connecting each glass to have seamless surface, then the stress of torsions caused by these [bent glass panels] were transferred to each directions, as each connecting part acts its beam.”
A series of diagrams released by the practice shows how the foundation system will work and how the twisted glass structure will sit within the courtyard.