glasstec 2022: Foresight. Sustainable architecture with glass


In architecture, glass has always been synonymous with transparency, lightness and versatility. It was and still is the material for the visionary designs of the future and the avant-garde buildings of modern times. However, will glass also stand the test of time posed by the coming era of sustainability?

What contribution do glazed facades make to our independence from fossil resources and to the well-being of people in an increasingly hot climate? What technical and conceptual potential does glass offer architecture today?

The answers to these questions will be provided by the International Architecture Congress “Foresight. Sustainable architecture with glass” which took place on September 22 during glasstec in Düsseldorf. The congress is a cooperation project between glasstec, the Chamber of Architects of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Technical University TU Dortmund and the professional architectural journal DETAIL.

Innovative practical examples

On the agenda, eight representatives of renowned architectural and engineering companies, pioneers in glass planning and construction, present their exciting topics. In his lecture, Thomas Auer from Transsolar, Professor of Climate-Adapted Buildings at TU Munich, will answer the question of how facades can contribute to an overall sustainable architecture.

Michiel Riedijk from Neutelings Riedijk Architects and Ingemar Vollenweider from the architectural office jessenvollenweider will present two examples of building envelopes that not only save energy but also generate energy: the Gare Maritime on the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels is considered a showcase for the climate renovation of buildings in the Belgian capital and the new construction of the Environmental and Energy

Authority in Basel is the first office building in the city that meets the Swiss Plus-Energy-Standard ‘Minergie-A’ thanks to its photovoltaic facade.

A similar groundbreaking (almost) all-glass beacon was erected by Danish architects 3XN with their “cube berlin” office building at Berlin Central Station. Details of the new building and its double-skinned facade will be provided by 3XN’s Torben Østergaard during his speech to Congress.

Bernard Plattner and Carla Baumann from the Renzo Piano construction studio have decades of experience in glass construction. Their talk will focus on the projects of the last 40 years to highlight the very particular way of this company to interpret the expressiveness of this material.

Two new glass buildings erected in a completely different context will be presented by Štěpán Valouch from the Czech architecture office ov architekti and David Serero from Serero Architects from France. For the luminaire manufacturer’s headquarters, Lasvit ov architekti designed a complementary building with a scaled skin made up of 1,400 large-format translucent glass shingles, which cover both the roof and the facades. In contrast, the newly built media library in the French town of Bayeux, presented by David Sereno in his talk, appears transparent from the outside and open from the inside.

The International Congress of Architecture is held within the framework of glasstec at the CCD Ost of Messe Düsseldorf. It is recognized as 2 hours of continuing education for the disciplines Architecture and Interior Design by the Chamber of Architects of North Rhine-Westphalia. Tickets are available online via the Messe Düsseldorf Ticketshop:


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