Glass fins as a decorative element in façade design have gained traction in the architectural community over the past decade. They are used for both for functional and aesthetic applications in façade design. With Sentech’s fin-based façade systems, architects can utilize glass, aluminum or steel fins to develop unique geometric designs. Decorative fins can serve both a functional purpose; decorative fins are used to control solar energy, control to shade, redirect light, leading to more energy efficient systems with reduced glare and improved indoor environments. In addition, fins can serve a decorative purpose and can be leveraged for strong aesthetic enrichment of the façade.
The development of manufacturing and fabrication technology has allowed this emerging trend to exponentially evolve. We have seen an abundance of innovative and creative interpretations in façade design utilizing transparent, translucent, screen-printed, and dichroic glass fin applications, as well as aluminum and stainless-steel decorative fin solutions with geometries that define unique exterior façade geometries. Decorative fins can be designed in the vertical or horizontal direction, but are often placed in the direction of the sun’s path relative to the building’s geometry. They can even be utilized as adaptive elements to improve building energy performance and regulate interior temperature.
The aesthetic result of façade design utilizing decorative fins in structural applications can create the appearance of the façade as a sculptural element through elegant geometry, rhythm, and proportional spacing. The result? Structures that are truly stunning to behold.
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