Spandrel Glass

According to the “Modern Homes Survey” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation,

“Spandrel glass is glass with anopaque or only slightly translucent colored coating, generally ceramic, firedon its rear face, which is used to glaze sections of wall to conceal structural members, mechanical equipments, and other building components. It is mostcommonly used to glaze spandrel panels of high-rise curtain walls. Spandrelglass was introduced in the 1950s.”

Source:

  •  “Glossary,” Modern Homes Survey:  New Canaan, Connecticut, National Trust for Historic Preservation, PDF.

Images:

  1. http://www.rabglass.com/images/Spandrel_AfterRadnor.jpg
  2. http://www.buildingscience.com/documents/insights/bsi-006-can-fully-glazed-curtainwalls-be-green/2008-09-16.7128865111
  3. http://www.pg1inc.com/glass/spandrel_1.gif