Aluminium has a wide range of applications, from being a prominent material in aircraft manufacturing to pavilion construction. Its use in skyscrapers, however, has become a signature in modern architecture.
By implementing double glazed aluminium window frames to a building’s façade, architects open up a new realm of possibilities to manipulating the shape and effect the edifice can have. Due to the energy efficiency these sleek designs also carry sustainability benefits, as these frames aid in curbing CO2 emissions by minimalizing the need for air conditioning. Here are some examples of where aluminium has been used to define a building façades:
GT Tower East Location, Seoul, South Korea
This building’s impressive façade evokes an image of surging waves and, like waves catching sunlight, the effect of light reflected by it is particularly enchanting. The curvature of this building’s design is aided by aluminium window frames’ versatility, being a malleable enough material to allow for such a moulding process. This building is only one part of the project, as a western tower of similar design will also be erected.
St Mary Axe, London, UK
This building has become an iconic example of ecologically friendly, contemporary architecture within the London skyline, as it boasts with a 41 storey high, 360-degree panorama vista of the city through beautiful double glazed, aluminium frame windows. This contributes to the sustainability that the building is conceptualised around, aiming to remain ecologically friendly in its use of shape and space, energy consumption and ventilation (a natural air circulation system is one primary aspect of the building’s layout, referred to as the St. Mary Axe ‘lungs’, which curtails energy use on air conditioning).
Capital City, Moscow, Russia:
After more than a decade of planning, the envisioned place of business, living and leisure has pioneered the creation of a business sector that also accommodates other aspects of life. Together with the Naberezhnaya and Imperia Towers, it boasts with more than 3 million square metres of space.
The use of aluminium in these towers contribute to the deconstructivity style characteristic of the Moscow skyline, while also promoting sustainability within the business sector of Moscow.
The incorporation of aluminium into skylines across the globe speak to a universal effort to decrease energy consumption and indicates a growing culture of environmental awareness within business sectors of countries that are prominent global economic stakeholders.