Glass Magazine Awards 2015: Redefining What's Possible

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Most Innovative Decorative Glass Project, Interior

Reunion Tower
Goldray Industries

Architects of the Reunion Tower observation deck looked to create an interior, curving, glass wall that mimicked the surrounding views of the Dallas skyline. The design team from Gensler in Dallas chose multiple techniques to create this effect on the wall, which serves as both an intriguing art installation and functional space divider.

As visitors walk alongside the wall, the Dallas skyline appears on the glass, creating a 3D effect that moves as the viewer passes. The multi-dimensional illusion is a result of strategically placed layers of mirror, glass and dichroic film, according to officials from Goldray Industries, the glass supplier.

“The real magic is the distinct pattern applied in ceramic frit, which is what creates the skyline image. The unique color display comes from the reflection of light off of the dichroic glass, which changes depending on the viewing angle,” says Cathie Saroka, Goldray vice president and marketing director.

The installation is made up of two laminated glass assemblies of AC/afinch glass, glazed back-to-back. The front laminated assembly is comprised of two lites of C/8-inch bent laminated Starphire glass with an image of the Dallas skyline made up of small triangles silkscreened onto the first surface. Behind is another laminated assembly—bent Starphire glass as the outboard lite, a reflective glass as the inboard lite, and a dichroic film encapsulated between the two.

“We silkscreened a complementary image of the Dallas skyline onto the first surface of [the second laminated assembly] as well, but made up of slightly larger triangles,” Saroka says. “The effect of the two complementary images creates the illusion of movement as the viewer passes by. The combination of dichroic light manipulation and layering of material give this installation an air of mystique and intrigue.”

The ceramic frit is an enamel ink applied to the glass and permanently fused to the surface at temperatures in excess of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Goldray’s dichroic laminated glass was manufactured using 3M’s polymeric film, allowing the colors to shift between transmitted and reflected light.

“Working with the entire team on this project was a very exciting challenge for us,” Saroka says. “The design of the space was really imaginative and artistic and was something that had not been done before. The designer’s unique vision gave us all opportunities to be creative and innovative in both the manufacturing and installation of the glass.”

Coastal Curved Glass handled the glass bending, while Alliance Glazing Technologies completed the installation. The Beck Group was the general contractor.

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Katy Devlin is editor for Glass Magazine. E-mail Katy at kdevlin@glass.org.