How bay windows impact architecture
How can bay windows be used in modern or historical architecture? Let's explore with the example of Aestech bay windows.
A bay window is an architectural element with a rich history. It has come a long way from widespread use to oblivion and renaissance in the XX century, when architects began to rethink the styles of the past. With the development of glass technologies, we now have the opportunity to reintroduce this element to building facades, making it even more aesthetic and functional.
In this article, we will discuss the purpose of bay windows and how they are applied in modern architecture.
More natural light
One of the utilitarian functions of bay windows has always been to fill a room with natural light. Glass has made this function even more efficient. The role of natural light is hard to overestimate. Scientists have shown that the amount of natural light in a room directly affects our mood, well-being, and productivity.
However, for a long time, the imperfections of technology hindered our ability to maximize the amount of light in our rooms. It was impossible to create a fully glass bay window without metal or concrete beams, mullions, and ridges, which made the structure bulkier and less aesthetically pleasing. With the advent of frameless glazing technology based on insulated glass units with higher stiffness, we were able to create seamless all-glass structures, one of which is a bay window.
A modern design element
In modern architecture, bay windows are primarily a design element that adds volume and character to a building. They serve as a stylistic tool to differentiate an architectural project from others.
Interestingly, glass bay windows seamlessly complement both new and historical architecture. We discovered this when working on a project in the historical center of Kyiv. Glass bay windows on the facade became a beautiful addition to an old building after renovation and one of its most recognizable features.
Whether it's a house in the midst of nature or the top floors overlooking a lively street, glass bay window loggia can be a remarkable addition to a residence or office – a unique space, an ideal spot for daily meditation and observing the bustling life around you, with a cup of hot tea in hand.
Moreover, bay windows provide additional space that can be utilized according to your needs. It's an energy-efficient space because bay windows made of insulated glass units with higher stiffness do not have metal or concrete beams, mullions, or ridges, which are the primary cause of heat loss. Despite the added space, the thermal properties of the room are improved as the thermal conductivity of the insulated glass units is very low. Glass units are simply connected to each other with a composite frame and similarly attached to the structural elements of the building, forming a glass balcony.
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