Through the wall
- Lydia Tiasiri
- February 18, 2013
- Embeded LED glass, Glass, Glass floors, laminated glass, tempered glass, uses of glass
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The nature of glass is its clarity and its association with lightness, brightness, and purity. Last week’s article discussed the options of using glass on floors, but what about the interior walls?
Starting with the walls, there are certain aspects of construction to consider here. It must be first determined if the glass will be free standing glass or if it will be a form of cladding. The obvious difference is that the free standing will need to be sheets or blocks of glass that are built in a frame. A cladding will be something placed on a solid backing.Starting with free standing glass walls, there are several types that exist. Generally they will rely on a track system that holds the glass in its place. This then affects the look of the glass due to the requirement of a frame, frameless glass will be mostly jointed.
Similarly to the innovation being developed into the floors, walls have an ever expanding spectru to choose and use. Decorative glass has been developed with embedded lights and decor to create different atmospheres. Glass is 100% endlessly recyclable which makes is a great material to integrate into designs.
Bubble walls are created by using glass sheets as outer walls to enclose water with small air pumps and LED lights to create a beautiful and interactive wall feature.
Another material used for glass walls would be glass blocks. These blocks were originally developed long time ago for both walls and floor applications. Hollow glass block walls are produced as 2 separate sides and when the glass is still molten are pressed together and annaled, creating the partial vacuum in the center.
These blocks are thick and are able to be built on top of each other similarly to building blocks. The additional value is that they let in the light. Usually found in bathrooms, these blocks are used to let in light whilst retaining privacy in the space. On a similar line, there have been even tiles made with glass. Also, lot of that is used for bathrooms. They create a sophisticated feel whilst still being used in a wet area. Kitchens will also be a good place to use glass mosaics to create a very nice and bright feel.
Of course, glass is infinite. There are so many ways that they can be used and mixed with other materials to form hugely interesting interiors. Whether it is using glass cladding to transform some boring walls into writable ones or also using material pressed glass that would be a great alternative to the simple glass partitions that you see all over. Glass is the designers’ most versatile, flexible, and sustainable materials.