The world of design is constantly changing, with new trends emerging and more chances to experiment with materials in order to create buildings that are as visually impressive as they are functional. Over the last few years there’s been a definite shift towards the use of structural glass in architecture and design as a whole, and these days you’ll find buildings of all kinds utilising this material to stunning effect.
What is this type of glass?
This type of glass has gone through a specific manufacturing process that makes it ideal for the structural elements of buildings as opposed to being purely decorative, and in many cases it can even being load bearing. The glass is uniformly heated then cooled rapidly using jets of air—the outer layers cool and solidify first, contracting as they do, and as the inner layers follow suit they compress the outer layers to result in a sheet of glass that’s 7 times stronger than an untreated version.
Benefits of using structural glass
- Structural glass is a great alternative to traditional walls. Traditional bricks and mortar are all well and good, but sometimes the design calls for something a bit more contemporary. This type of glass could be the perfect solution, lending a wholly different aesthetic to the finished building whilst offering the practicality and durability you need.
- Interior and exterior uses. These glass sheets can be used both internally and externally depending on your requirements. You could have entire glazed walls or perhaps stick to internal walls or glass balustrade systems, for example—the choice is yours, and with so many different options you could have the ideal solution for any project necessary.
- Can maximise views and increase the perception of space. The beauty of glass walls is that they can maximise views, being ideal if you really want to make the most of your surroundings to appreciate the landscape (being ideal for countryside residential projects etc.), and both internal and external glass walls can help increase the perception of space whilst bringing in plenty of natural light so even the smallest of areas can feel spacious.
The modern look
Any modern development could benefit from using this type of glass, with it bringing a contemporary edge to the project for a high-end, visually stunning result. A lot of architects incorporate it into their designs with residential and commercial projects alike calling for the use of this kind of material, with the sleek lines and beautiful finish being highly desirable and perfect for anyone craving the contemporary look.
Bring it into your project
Here at Sapphire we realise the potential that this material can bring which is why we’re proud to offer a whole range of options, and we’ll be on-hand to help ensure you can make the most of your design ideas. From complete balustrade systems and canopies to internal walls, partitions and glass floors we’ll be able to help, so make sure to get in touch and you could bring this material into your project for the high-end look, performance and durability you want.