To test the fritting
length hypothesis a series of tests were run with lower peak current than was used on the 12cm wire.
The sail's translucency cannot always hide the junk on the roof; the fritting
on the glass, fading out to nothing around each window instead of forming a continuous screen has, close-up, a slightly bathetic santa-snow look; the internal blinds, which function in part as night-time whiteness restorers, are capable of manual control and therefore cannot be relied upon' tore-form the gorgeous white ghost; and the public space around the feet of the building has yet to prove itself as a memorable civic place.
To upgrade the performance of the double-glazing to the west elevation, adjustable vertical glass louvres with vertical fitting have been installed in the 800mm air gap, while horizontal fritting
has been applied to the inner glass plane - and very nasty optical effects are produced by the interplay between them.
On Andrassy street, where it adjoins the old bank, panels of the glass facade are screen-printed with an intricate fritting
Protection against solar radiation is given by fritting
the glazing above normal lines of view on the south side, and by local shading.
But Andreu's specification for the fritting
has unusual elegance: 80 per cent of solar radiance is cut out by the topmost glass panels and only 20 per cent by those at the edges, so during the day there is an inverted (but sensually appropriate) sense of zenith and horizon.