The advancement in window technologies has allowed the architect lots of options with regard to the raw materials and the design of the window. That design specification is key to the overall U-value of the facade and in turn the project.
The Romans were the first in history known to use glass for windows, a technology likely first produced in Roman Egypt, in Alexandria c. 100 AD. Paper windows were economical and widely used in ancient China, Korea, and Japan.
In England, glass became common in the windows of ordinary homes only in the early 17th century, whereas windows made up of panes of flattened animal horn were used as early as the 14th century. In the 19th century American west, greased paper windows came to be used by itinerant groups. Modern-style floor-to-ceiling windows became possible only after the industrial plate glass making processes were fully perfected.
Commercial windows and doors have a variety of available options:
Fixed, side-hung, top-hung, bottom hung, horizontal & vertical pivot, parallel opening, frameless... with use for both ventilation, smoke extraction (SHEV) - there really are endless options to make the most of your design vision.
The Arch approach
At Vision Arch we have the experience in using all the designs that are available in commercial windows installation.
Early engagement will help us, help you achieve the desired look and feel of the windows, as well as meeting the performance specification.