March 18, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 11
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Blades of glass rise on elevator shaft
“We were able to print a multicolored image without needing any rasterization [conversion of graphics objects composed of vectors or line segments into dots for transmission to dot matrix and laser printers].”
—Bernd Hoffmann, principal designer, Hoffmann Glas-Technik-Design, Hildesheim, Germany

The basics: Residents of Hamburg, Germany, ride in style when they visit Hochbahnhaus, a local administrative building. The elevator in the building is enclosed in printed glass. The shaft is decorated with blades of tropical grass, an image strongly contrasting its urban environs. The main colors are green, yellow and black mixed with white to control translucency.
The players: Principal designer, Bernd Hoffmann, Hoffmann Glas-Technik-Design, Hildesheim, Germany; glass fabricator, Interpane-Sicherheitsglas of Hildesheim, Germany; digital printing, Dip Tech, Kfar Saba, Israel
The glass and systems: The project involved 40 glass panes from 450 by 2,100 millimeters, or about 17.7 by 82.6 inches, to 2,400 by 2,100 mm, or about 94.5 by 82.7 inches. Each glass pane features an individual part of the motif. The three lower floors of the elevator cabinet are made from laminated glass 16 mm, or 63 inches, with ceramic digital printing inside. The four upper floors are made from 12 mm, or 1/2-inch, tempered float glass, with ceramic digital printing inside. The entire process allowed Hoffmann to compose 40 positions, letting him arrange a large-format picture without any deviations.

Read a Glazier Bulletin about this project as well as an article about the GlassJet machine in the April issue of Glass Magazine.

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