The 52 glass fins that rise 40 feet above the roof of this 32-story building and descend 25 feet down the face of the building are composed of 3/4″ heat strengthened laminated glass with holographic films incorporated within the PVB interlayer. In addition, dichroic glass is laminated on the exterior surfaces.
The laminated glass made it possible to create a work that was both distinctive as well as structurally sound enough to withstand hurricane force winds. It was because of these properties of laminated glass that the building is visually appealing as well as a dynamic presence on the downtown skyline, which can change continually throughout the days and seasons.
Photo credit: Ed Leland
- Dimensions: 55,000 square feet, 550,000 lbs. -- World's largest glass sculpture
- Materials: Heat strengthened laminated glass with holographic films incorporated within the PVB interlayer, dichroic glass, steel structure
- Glass design: Kenneth F. von Roenn, Jr.
- Architect: Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates
- Location: Charlotte, NC