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Softening the space with curved glass – fluidity in architectural glass

Friday 1st November, 2019

London’s ‘Gherkin’, Prague’s ‘Dancing House’ and Sweden’s ‘Emporia’ are all brilliant examples of architecture which share a design feature just as memorable as their respective names: Curved glass. 

Created by heating flat glass at temperatures of 700°C, this loosens the bonds between the silica bonds so that the glass softens and can be manipulated to the profile of the mould.

Whilst manufacturing curved glass is a specialised and time-consuming technique, the result is highly worthwhile. Smooth and refined, curved glass invites the eye to follow a building’s outline, adding fluidity to its design and softening the architecture for a polished, modernist look.

Curved glass in commercial spaces

Emerging in the early twentieth century as a response to rapid technological advances, modernist architecture is characterised by simplicity of form, lack of ornamentation and flexible, flowing spaces. Given that the word ‘modernity’ signals a departure from traditional values towards a more forward-thinking and fashionable approach, it’s no wonder that this architecture style is favoured by commercial businesses who want their buildings to mirror these values. 

Curved glass is the perfect material for use in this architectural style. In addition to offering obvious aesthetic benefits, it also allows for a freedom of design that works with and makes the most of its surrounding space.

For example, it can be designed and manufactured in such a way that it can seamlessly fit between or fill an awkward shaped space or frame that traditional, square panes of glass cannot. This versatility has established it as a material suited for a myriad of both internal and external architectural uses.

Internal

Curved glass is routinely used in applications such as internal offices, partitions, staircases and staircase balustrading. The arc of its surface allows for endless creative possibilities, whilst also providing a clean and contemporary aesthetic for interior spaces.  

External

Curved glass is particularly suited for external applications due to its unique and unrivalled aesthetic appeal. Its ability to hug and merge with whichever surface it is attached to consolidates fluidity of design and helps to distinguish the building from others around it. Other external uses for curved glass include glass canopies, building entrances and windows.

Our Services  

We are experts in custom glass services such as curved glass products. We understand that every customer is different and can manufacture the glass you need to match your exact design requirements. 

Once we have shaped the glass, there is also the option to decorate it (similarly to our other decorative glass products, such as painted glass or frosted glass designs). This grants you full control of the glass products used in your installation to make sure the result corresponds exactly with the intended vision.

Contact Us

For more information on our curved glass products, or any of the other services we offer, please get in touch with a member of our team today. Contact us on 0191 586 3113 or click here.

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