Point Supported Systems | Fins and Support Systems
A point-supported glass system connects glazed panels using spider fittings. Used everywhere from conference rooms to major malls and retail centres, these systems offer unparalleled versatility. While the walls are not load-bearing, they connect glass fins fixed from floor to ceiling and make beautiful yet functional pieces of art that serve multiple purposes. Point support systems are modular and relatively easy to install, suitable for both large and narrow spaces.
Glass fin walls — a.k.a. Total Vision Systems — are an increasingly popular support system often used as a main structural support element. The fins can transfer wind load to different areas of a building, further reinforcing the structural integrity of the glass walls. Fin systems are designed using monolithic or fully tempered laminated glass. Their high transparency also makes glass fins quite versatile as a structural component, particularly those made with low iron composition. They are used in all sorts of buildings, and are especially prominent in high-profile structures such as city halls, airports, and as visual statement pieces in upscale storefronts.
Glass canopies are an integral part of a building’s design both aesthetically and from a functionality standpoint, improving natural lighting and increasing the usability of outdoor spaces. Building codes do require a safety glass rating on glass canopies; therefore, tempered and laminated glass are commonly used. Glass canopies have inherent transparent qualities that can easily be designed to match the aesthetics of the original building.