6 Must See Fibreglass In Architecture
First developed in the mid-1930s, Fibreglass has become a staple in the building industry. It has many architectural uses. It can be used on the structure or as a complimentary embellishment. Furthermore, this material has a wide list of positive properties: it withstands inclement weather, it behaves well in sub-zero temperatures, it doesn’t suffer from corrosion, it’s easy to maintain, it has low thermal conductivity, it’s sturdy, behaves well in tension and compression, it’s light, allows a smooth finish and it’s cheap compared to concrete or other traditional materials. Examples of some fibreglass architectures are disclosed below.
Massimo Dutti Masaryk by Sordo Madaleno Architects
The building is wrapped with a screen composed of light-weight, fibreglass panels coated with a dark grey metallic paint. Their colour and patterning were inspired by the traditional wrought-iron railings found in the district.
Nová Ruda kindergarten by Petr Stolin Architekt
An inner building is covered by a fibreglass-clad wooden frame, and the whole structure is then wrapped by a steel and fibreglass shell. The gap between the two layers forms a terrace space.
Rome Convention Center by Studio Fuksas
Studio Fuksas has completed a convention centre and hotel complex in Rome, featuring an auditorium in a translucent fibreglass “cloud”, suspended within a huge glass box.
Bjarke Ingels’ firm’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Bjarke Ingels Group
Bjarke Ingels’ firm’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is a huge undulating structure composed of thousands of fibreglass boxes stacked on top of each other.
Momentary City by Vector Architects
The ends of the courtyards are enclosed by double-layered fibreglass screens, which filter light so that they appear neutral and translucent from the street but coloured from within.
Flagship Dior by Studio Fuksas
The sculptural white fibreglass panels, each measuring 20 metres tall, gently undulate in an attempt to depict the fluid movement of clothing created in Dior’s Haute Couture Atelier in Paris.