Turkey is one of the top global producers of glass, thanks to its huge production capacity, high quality, experience and prestigious projects across the world. TurkishGlass is the association representing the glass manufacturers, glass processors and glass exporters in Turkey. Its main aim is to increase the image and awareness of Turkish-made glass all over the world, while also adding value to the environment and shaping the future with its wide range of products and services that make life easier.
Turkish glass processors export to 150 countries, with 250 insulating glass production lines and an annual production capacity of 35 million square metres. It has completed prestigious projects all over the world.
One of the most prestigious projects of TurkishGlass is Istanbul Airport. The airport will become the world's largest airport terminal under one single roof when all phases are finished. As it is a huge project covering a site of nearly 100ha, Grimshaw Architects, Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects worked on the project in collaboration.
The design of the facade is shaped by the detailed work of expert consultants. Before the designers began the facade design, all important issues, such as wind load, snow load and needs of the building for interior comfort, were studied carefully.
Phase one has a 440,000m² facade area in total, and nearly half of this is the vertical and horizontal glazing surfaces. A special Temperable Solar Control Low-E Glass has been developed for the project by Turkish research and development, and the glazing completed by Turkish glass processors took only 15 months.
Temperable Solar Control Low-E Glass is used for the 175,000m² facade of the airport, offering efficient energy savings, noise control, aesthetics, safety and security. The product offers a light transmittance of 51%, ensuring the optimum light transmission needed in the project, and a transparent design with low reflectivity. Also, it allows only 29% of the solar energy to enter the building during the summer, at the same time reducing heat losses during the winter, offering savings in terms of cooling and heating expenses. As low reflection is another important requirement in airport projects, this product is also chosen for transparent design and its neutral effect with its low reflectivity.
Horizontal glass surfaces are taking place on the main terminal roof and scaffolding blocks' roof. The 30,400m² skylight area helps for taking maximum daylight inside and reducing the need for artificial lighting. The terminal features a vaulted canopy dotted with skylights, focusing daylight onto key sections of the interior, including check-in desks, passport control and shops. For the skylights, Temperable Solar Control Low-E Glass with 41% light transmission and 29% solar factor is preferred for daylight control and more-efficient solar protection. The laminated glass, which is preferred for interior and exterior panes, provides safety, security and noise-control benefits at the same time.
At Istanbul Airport, TurkishGlass not only offers comfortable inner space for the project but also reduces energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.