Reinforced glass walls are a great way to create a space that is open and light. These walls can be made with a variety of glass types and mounting styles.
This project used PVB laminated glass that was heat strengthened to handle the lateral forces transferred from the building structure. The system used regular setting blocks positioned next to steel T-sections welded to the frame’s main structure.
Frameless Glass Wall Panels
Frameless glass walls offer a sleek, modern appearance that easily harmonizes with most design schemes. They can be etched or stained for privacy, or left completely clear. This option is a popular choice for residential room dividers, corporate offices and contemporary conference rooms.
Full framing on these systems offers greater rigidity and sound mitigation without compromising transparency. Framed designs also work well for spaces with uneven floors that make it difficult to install fully unframed glass wall panels.
Glass partition walls play a unique role in home and business interiors. They create a sense of openness and bring natural light into areas that otherwise might not be naturally lit. In addition, they allow for the flow of light throughout the entire space. This helps reduce energy usage and can save money on electricity bills in both homes and businesses.
More extensive than a simple room divider, glass wall systems include framed and frameless panels that can be notched together to create varying widths. They can be installed in a variety of ways, including over existing walls, side-mounted, floor-to-ceiling and floor-through. They can also be configured with pivot doors or closing devices, and may feature patterned film for added privacy and aesthetic appeal. Some glass wall systems are insulated, fire-rated (B1, B2 safety rating), tinted or provided with “smart” color changing function.
Fixed Glass Walls
If you want to open your space up to unobstructed views, natural light and fresh air and remove the visual and physical barriers between your home and outdoor spaces then a fixed glass wall may be for you. With the narrow framing around each panel the system is ideal for creating large openings with a minimal impact on design.
Traditionally steel has been used to transfer loads from a structure to the glass, but in the case of both the pavilion ‘De Boerderij’ and the Gouda glass canopy it became clear that glass had enough capacity to provide its own stability. The structural solution was to use regular setting blocks that were strong enough to transfer the loads and flexible enough to distribute forces and allow slight deformations due to self-weight and temperature changes.
For interior glass walls that aren’t load bearing the best choice is braided copper reinforcement called https://cuakinhre.com/vach-kinh/ Strong Line or Re-Strip. These can be tack soldered into the lead came or welded to the frame of your stained glass panels. The only downside is that it’s a bit wider than lead, which can make your solder seams widen a little, but this is a small price to pay for the extra strength. For windows that will move you should add reinforcing right across the perimeter of your glass every 18” or 450mm.
Removable Glass Walls
Full-height movable glass walls offer many benefits to the home owner, including improved indoor and outdoor living through unobstructed views and airflow. They also provide a greater connection to the natural benefits of sunlight that improves health and enhances focus and concentration.
Sliding and folding glass wall systems have a high level of acoustic protection, which helps improve privacy and reduce noise levels. They are often used in the workplace as a way to change between one large collaborative space and two separate rooms for meetings, team projects or appraisals.
Glass wall systems are available in a wide range of frame options to suit the aesthetic and performance requirements of each project. The Material Options interactive video recommends the ideal material for your climate, ensuring the system will perform reliably and meet energy code requirements.
LaCantina’s movable glass wall systems include multi-slide single and double glazed operable walls, pocket doors and bi-folding walls. Multi-slide systems move panel by panel so they slide and stack into a flush, neat and tidy finish. Stacking doors are another option for homeowners without the space for a pocket door. This contemporary style offers clean lines in a variety of system configurations and parking options such as pivot panels or continuously hinged offset stacks.