It’s now possible to build architectural facades made entirely of thermallyinsulated, high-performance glass block designed to conserve energy and safeguard the environment. Horizontal Technology Integration (HTI) reduces heat dispersion through the glass block walls, while energy-saving (ES) technologies reduce a standard glass block’s thermal transmittance up to U=1.1 W/m2 K.
The Reception Center of Taichung, designed by Architect Gong Shu Zhang (Aura Architects & Associates), was built for the purpose of hosting exclusive events and weddings. The idea behind this project was to create an energy efficient and low maintenance building, giving the illusion of a peaceful oasis in the city.
The exterior of the Reception Center is made up of translucent glass blocks with a wave pattern, as a reference to nature. This allows to light up the interior with natural light, while providing thermal and acoustic insulation with a double result: energy efficiency and aesthetic pleasure.