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“Wow” at BAU 2015: LCW technology amazes trade visitors

Liquid crystal windows from EMD Performance Materials exhibited for the first time at the world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems
Truly great innovations do not always take up a lot of space. At BAU 2015 in Munich, the world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, EMD Performance Materials needed just 20 square meters to show trade visitors the future in impressive style. A future in which modern windows not only provide a view of the outside and flood the inside with light. Thanks to intelligent glass with licrivisionTM, they will also regulate the light input and offer heat protection in summer – unlocking a whole new world of architectural design with glass.
Developed by EMD Performance Materials and further developed together with renowned partners, the prototype windows clearly demonstrated the possibilities of liquid crystal windows (LCW). An overall concept for their effective presentation was developed in collaboration with the Boston architect Eric Höweler. At its heart were dimmable panes of glass and modern windows with different zones that could be switched individually. The walls displayed the benefits of the LCW technology with licrivisionTM and enthusiastic quotes from international scientists and architects. Guided tours and a technical presentation by architect Eric Höweler gave trade fair visitors a chance to learn even more about the technology. 

Thanks to the attractive presentation and its innovative technology for switchable liquid crystal windows, EMD Performance Materials aroused a great deal of interest among architects and representatives of the industry both in Germany and abroad at BAU 2015 – and inspired great expectations for a future with fascinating glass facades and window fronts.

A visible future: LCW technology at BAU 2015

The world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems experiences the potential of liquid crystal windows

What does intelligent glass with licrivisionTM liquid crystal technology mean for windows and entire glass facades? EMD Performance Materials inspired the imagination of the trade fair visitors at BAU 2015 with its bright, inviting stand. Many visitors simply stopped and stared, fascinated by the liquid crystal windows (LCW).


On light and LCW technology in architecture

Publication with information and design ideas

EMD Performance Materials provides information on its licrivisionTM materials for intelligent liquid crystal windows and inspiration for the architecture and facade design of tomorrow. The brochure describes the LCW technology and the variety of application options.

Brochure Liquid Crystal Window Technology (EN)

“Liquid Crystal Window Technology – licrivisionTM – A Crystal-clear Vision in Architecture” is the name of EMD Performance Materials' brochure, which presents the materials for intelligent glass. Individual articles shine a light on their potential for aesthetics in architecture and comfort in modern buildings, as well as the technology on which they are based.

You can download the brochure here.

Erik Höweler at the technical presentation BAU 2015

For a dynamic skyline

Boston architect Eric Höweler on the significance of the facade past, present and future at BAU 2015

The cladding of large buildings has always been more than just a barrier between indoors and outdoors. It always communicates in one way or another – to the inside and the outside. That was one of the core messages of Boston architect Eric Höweler at BAU in January 2015. Title: “Building cladding of the future – A case for liquid crystal window technology”. In his presentation, he detailed his crystal-clear visions, in which glass facades with liquid crystal technology meet the expectations of modern buildings and sustainability. 

Some of the aspects at a glance: 

  • Building cladding as a communicative interface: The facades of Gothic cathedrals use colored windows to create impressive light reflections in the inside and stone reliefs to tell entire stories; sky-scrapers in modern cities serve as enormous displays.
  • Architects' preference for glass is causing construction to almost disappear and bringing inside and outside, private and public, people and nature/the environment together.
  • Glass means a lack of privacy – even the showpiece projects of Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe were fitted with curtains after a few years.
  • Glass means heating through sunlight and high energy consumption for air conditioning. Architecture has produced a wide range of solution approaches with all their advantages and disadvantages – from simple awnings and blinds to mirrored or tinted glass, printed graphical elements, grids integrated into the glass, or even shades that open and close.

Höweler's prediction: LCW technology has the potential to turn facades into sustainable building components that also allow communication between the inside and outside as needed. With their optical characteristics that follow the movement of the sun, they can also make the look of entire cities more dynamic.