Apple’s Glass Stairs

August 30, 2010

Interesting article on Apple’s glass stairs, including technical details:

http://www.ifoapplestore.com/stores/glass_staircase.html

5X1/2

August 29, 2010

This is a depiction of a 5″ X 1/2″ angle iron 8.5′ long:

Glass

August 29, 2010

So the basic idea for the dwelling is a glass cube. The concept is beautiful, but it presents practical challenges.

Main problem: Glass gets hot in the sun like a greenhouse.

The first line of defense will be trees. I plan to situate these in good tree canopy cover.¬†Beyond that I plan on using full spectrum reflective coating and tinting. Any tinted glass will warm up as it absorbs energy from the sun… and eventually start to re-radiate that energy like an oven. A simple passive cooling system would be to mist water onto the glass surfaces.

Swedish Tree Hotel

It seems like laminated glass is ideal for our purposes. Safe, strong, and less expensive.

Concepts:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_gain

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laminated_glass

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempered_glass

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulated_glazing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-emissivity

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflectivity

Sketch

August 28, 2010

I met with my friend and steelworker Zachary Zaus. He and I did some sketches:

Weathering Steel

August 28, 2010

For the dwelling, I’m picturing the the edges made of steel that’s allowed to corrode. The perfect steel for this is weathering steel.

This is the material Richard Serra uses for his sculptures:

Speaking of weathering steel, check this out:

(from http://dereknicholson.com)

Land

August 28, 2010

I’m starting to check out land for sale:

Dwelling

August 28, 2010

Here are my first drawings of the glass dwelling:

Basically it’s an 8′ glass cube. One wall is hinged and counterweighted.

Start

August 28, 2010

This blog will document my attempt to secure rural wooded property and build a minimalist glass dwelling. A nature preserve with a kinetic sculpture you can occupy. It’s part investment, safety net, art project, engineering project, childhood dream, lifestyle re-invention. It’s an experiment.