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Structural Glass. The Benefits in Commercial Property Design

Hotels, restaurants and bars are just some of the many different types of commercial and public spaces that increasingly prefer to include structural glazing in their projects. Exploring how glass elements can improve a building can lead to previously unimaginable designs, increased space functionality - and even reduced energy and maintenance costs, depending on the solution chosen.
Demonstrating the interior of an object to attract the interest of passers-by is just one of the advantages of architectural glass - understanding its many uses will allow architects, clients and contractors to get the most out of this versatile building material.
What is structural glazing?
Simply put, structural glazing is term used to describe glass that is integral to the design of a building: It involves large glass panels, which usually bear some weight in the structure. Structural glazing can be used to create huge glass installations with minimal obstruction.

This is, of course, putting it fairly simply. There are myriad ways structural glazing can be implemented in a design - the most important thing to note is that we've come so far with glazing technology, glass can be used as a structural material in almost any situation.

It can bear weight both horizontally and vertically, and it can be bonded using everything from minimal glass beams and supports to heavy-duty steel struts, meaning it can be used on almost any scale, with almost any aesthetic imaginable. Everything from completely frameless sliding glass doors to load-bearing high-strength glass floors can be created.
Want to renew your tired aesthetics?
One of the most obvious advantages of incorporating architectural glass into commercial property design is its visual appeal. Open-plan design - glass atriums, for example - can achieve an even greater sense of spaciousness when the outside borders are almost invisible and also offer a panoramic view of the surrounding area.

Maintaining the original aesthetics of the property is another common challenge - glazing can be integrated in an ingenious way that protects the historic design features while improving the visitor's viewing experience.
Highly effective temperature control and insulation
Any customer interested in including glass in commercial design will be pleasantly surprised by the wide range of technologies that can be used in its production. Glass technology, can be configured to repel excess heat as well as to work as an effective insulator. Light transmission with architectural glass no longer requires compromises from customers in terms of higher heating costs or sacrificing the comfort of visitors.

By opening up the space around, sliding glass doors create an unobtrusive entrance into this expressive space. Visibly reducing the sense of boundary between indoor and outdoor seating areas. In a lively inner-city space, projects that foster a sense of community are always the perfect complement, especially when they are aesthetically pleasing and practically accessible.
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Whether you're considering incorporating architectural glazing into a new commercial property or exploring its potential for a refurbishment, our team of experts would be delighted to discuss your ideas