Glass Partitions London | 7 February 2020
Creating a seamless transition between inside and out, can be achieved by opening-up residential space. Bright, beautifully crafted walls of glazing can reflect the timeless style of a period house, adeptly define spaces in a office, hotel or restaurant. Very much now on-trend with interior design screens, open plan living takes on a different dimension. They allow the clever partition of open areas to create contemporary ‘zones’ – without compromising on light or space. Elegantly slender, the slim steel framing with single or double opening doors, is unobtrusive and a distinctive decorative feature.
Crittall® have been at the forefront many design evolutions, including the Bauhaus Movement, and fitted into a number of historical projects including The Big Ben Tower in London. Notable projects include:
The Houses of Parliament
300 Central Park West
Tower of Terror Disneyland
These original banded steel windows were a style particularly prevalent in many pre-war houses in the borough of London and still feature in many commercial buildings in the cities across North America. Over the past 30 years they have been considered rather a dated design and, being associated with single glazing, not particularly energy efficient. But as with many interior trends, they have made a serious comeback in both exterior and interior partitioning glazing in the commercial market. And like many resurging fashions, they have been completely modernised in the process.
As commercial working spaces are continually changing and the market supplying internal partitioning and doors has reacted well to these changing demands for a more flexible and transient environment. Interior styling moves too and one of the most recent trends has seen an industrial theme, a style of polished concrete floors and grey walls offering a blank canvas for the design. We have seen exposed brickwork, stainless steel featuring strongly, the mixing and matching of old and new furniture alongside upcycling objects. The new trend in banded glazing has ridden on the back of this styling. It reflects early Crittall® window designs, offering plenty of light to a space with horizontal and sometimes vertical bands separating the glass, adding interest as well as being a great safety feature, allowing people to clearly see the glazed partition area. The styling sits particularly well in commercial buildings that originated in the early 1900s, industrial mills and factories now being regenerated as office space. That said, the trend is also being designed into commercial new build with stunning results. It’s a form of fenestration that’s currently bang on trend.
This banded trend has added even more design choice to partitions, enabling specifiers to truly personalise a working environment to suit both how a specific organisation works and the building it resides within. In fact the wide choice of styles, colours and materials have now made it quite complex to specify partitioning that’s not only visually on trend but complies to acoustic and fire protection requirements. So it’s important to involve the manufacturer and their product design team when specifying this glazing to ensure it is the right product for the job. Whilst dark grey is currently the prevalent colour option in partitioning, any RAL colour can be sourced; so matching to a scheme or corporate colour way is no problem. To complement these partition walls, both flush glazed and framed glass doors are available in the same styling to continue the banded design. There are also fire screens available to this design, should the project require them.
This cool look comes at a cost as banded glass partitions are usually one of the dearer options. The reason behind the greater cost is that the bars are installed as an additional fixing over the existing glass panels.