Sophisticated design on temple façade
"The sheer number of panes is part of why the GlassJet proved to be an invaluable tool. Trying to do a project of this scale by screening would have been extremely cost prohibitive, not to mention inaccurate. The GlassJet's software handled the tiling, so each piece flowed seamlessly with the others; it even embedded numbers in the corners of the panes to ensure simplified logistics."—Sharanjit Singh, managing director, GSC Glass Ltd.
The basics: The elegant, three-story Poh Ming Tse Chinese temple in Singapore features a concave glass façade on one side of the building. Adorning the panes on the facade is an intricate design—a large replica of a painted bamboo image that incorporates 28,656 words, each about 1.5 inches large so it can be read from a distance of more than 16 feet.
The players: Park and Associates Architects, Singapore; glass fabricator, GSC Glass Ltd., India; glazing contractor, U'Viva Engineering Pte. Ltd., Singapore; digital glass printer supplier, DipTech, Israel.
The glass and systems: Laminated glass panes, 0.7-inches thick, about 8 feet by 4 feet, feature a design printed with GlassJet. The design comprises five rows, with 10 glass panes per row, and has a frosted look to prevent metal beams from being seen from the outside.