El-Watan

Promoting Democracy in Algeria

Victoria Bekasova

Glazed facade allows maximum use of sunlight, which is especially important in offices of public areas. Special popular in the construction of shopping malls and business centers, today enjoys Roman invention – the atrium, a spacious room, a height of several storeys. It has the upper windows, which architects often seek extra beat in the interior. An example of the original decision is the construction of a shopping mall Ryad (Moscow). It is a dome, the outer arch inscribed with the image map Northern Hemisphere.

The dome makes one revolution per day, and specifies the time in major cities. But according to Victoria Bekasova, consultant for market research company Colliers International, the atrium is more precisely the functional load. Construction and operation of this design greatly increases the cost of the project, so its construction only for aesthetic purposes is not advisable. But the saving of electricity consumption for lighting large areas, hidden atriums, can be quite significant. In order to implement non-standard architectural ideas, is a great design work and towards the development of new variants of fixing the glass. At the moment used frame and a point (Spider-Glass) methods. In the first case, the elements are fixed on the carrier profile design, the second – attachment to the joists is carried out by means of special bolts-ties. However, In addition to mounting technology is constantly being improved and the material itself. Plate Glass has been able to change their characteristics. Despite the airy and unsubstantial "image" in the construction of it should be primarily robust and reliable.

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