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Louvers & Solar control Print Glass in a Library in Chicago
The University of Chicago leveraged state-of-the-art design and technologies for its new library. The reading room and preservation department, built on top of an underground book storage area, are covered by an elliptical glass dome. Murphy and Jahn's design for the glass dome was intricately planned to leverage glass for functional performance, including solar control to optimize thermal convenience and reduce energy needs. Digital in-glass printing in a subtle black and white
"double-vision dot pattern", with precisely controlled density and layer thickness, enabled precise control of the light and heat passing through the dome. The black color faces up, making it less visible from the outside; and the white faces in, to reflect interior up-lighting. The digital in-glass printing helps the dome block 73% of solar heat gain while admitting 50% of visible light.