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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoSaint View Post
    No, I am not. I will browse on the net, however bare in mind that this building rises at 15 meters, so I don't know if they can support all this floors as my intention is that the walls are also the supporting structure as I am not familiar with this technique.
    About the window, there will be aluminium frame, but I was hoping to not have any frames on the corner.
    something like this: http://i55.tinypic.com/ofy9tz.jpg
    Nice lookin' window, I wouldn't want a corner blocking the view either.

    Thinkin', "Solid concrete? Why not a 90° "I" beam header?"
    The header could bolt corner to corner or, welded at a 90° angle.
    The steel header would be sized to support any weight from above.
    The steel header would be encapsulated in concrete.
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    Most commercial curtain wall companies will try to talk you out of not having a framing member in the corner like that. For one reason, it is extremely difficult to make such a corner weather tight. Depending on the size of the window, framing will be necessary structurally. Glass is not a structural component, and the movements of the building due to wind, seismic activity, and weather (solar heating) must be accounted for. In the detail below, you see a single framing member shown. That minimizes the intrusion into the view, yet provides the structural stability required. I suggest you visit some of the websites for companies like Kawneer and VistaWall for ideas. They have many examples and construction details available for download.

    It is possible to do your corner, but the window will be limited in size. It will be up to the structural engineer to figure out just how big your opening can be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReMark View Post
    Your wall is almost a foot thick
    I thought he meant the conc. slab was 300 think (which is fairly common)?

    Quote Originally Posted by ReMark View Post
    Concrete block walls have been used for decades and 15 meters really doesn't seem that high.
    It is still fairly high. Wind actions would start to become a factor given I imagine the structure would be a lot longer than it is wide. You'd really need a structural steel frame in my opinion, in which it would not be a problem to offset suitably sized columns from the building corner (to allow for the corner window opening).

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