Designing and constructing corrugated glass facades

  • Rob Nijsse Consulting Engineer, ABT, Arnhem
  • Ronald Wenting Structural Engineer, ABT, Arnhem


Flat glass panels are in use since the time of the Roman Empire. In the ruins of the city of Pompeii, destroyed by the Vulcan Vesuvius in 79 DC, a glass panel in a bronze frame of 300 × 600 mm was found. In this article we describe a mayor improvement in the structural behaviour of glass panels by making the glass curved, or more accurately, corrugated. Both the in- and out-plane loading meet far more resistance against deformation, and the corrugated glass panels have a largely increased bearing capacity with the same thickness of glass the flat panel has. Also architecturally the appearance of a corrugated glass panel in facades is far more appealing.


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How to Cite
NIJSSE, Rob; WENTING, Ronald. Designing and constructing corrugated glass facades. Journal of Facade Design and Engineering, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1-2, p. 123-132, may 2015. ISSN 2213-3038. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 may 2019. doi: