Heating and Cooling Glass

Heating and Cooling Glass explores the potential for the migration of the central HVAC system into a decentralized modular surface.

The double glazed Heating and Cooling Glass unit is used opportunistically as the site of maximum difference in temperature. Mediating incoming and outgoing air at the envelope takes advantage of the building takes advantage of the building’s skin as the interface between two different climatic zones. That difference is harnessed — through a Peltier device inserted in the glazing unit– to generate heating and cooling locally, as needed by the user, or as necessitated by weather conditions. 


The glazing is slumped to form air channels to the heating and cooling unit.
The miniaturized heating and air-conditioning unit consists of a peltier device inserted between two back-to-back mounted CPU cooling sinks. The device cools and heats by reversing the current flow to the peltier device
Diagram of the air-channel infrastructures – showing the airflow in plan section and elevation.
The glazing sandwich. Two sheets of glass direct air in and out through the miniaturized heat-pump
Heat exchanger
By distributing the previously centralized HVAC system into the glazing system, glass becomes a haptic transmitter. With Valentina Mele
Slumped glass moulds