Where a large window is required IQ Glass can design a frameless structural glass installation to create a completely frameless large window installation. These frameless windows, dubbed ‘Picture Windows’, can create a frameless view to your external environment with absolutely no frame or fixings on show.
The clean and minimal window design you can achieve is perfect for modern architectural designs and bring in a large amount of natural light as well as maximising views.
With no framings needed the size of these frameless windows can be designed to suit all types and scales of window openings with all manner of shapes easily constructed and installed.
Held with hidden structural supports these all glass windows can be up to 6m by 3m in a single window for a striking frameless window installation.
Frameless structural glass windows connecting around a corner are also possible to design using this same design method for frameless corner windows or to create a contemporary twist on the traditional bay window. See Oriel Windows for more information about creating 3D frameless windows.
Each installation of our ‘Picture Windows’ are completely designed with bespoke details by IQ’s in house design team to ensure the frameless window is purpose built to suit your building construction and architectural design.
Again, as no pre made frames are used, the glass specifications available for these structural glass windows are nearly endless with options including triple glazing, solar control coatings, low iron glass and acoustic reduction glass as well as our host of more technical and electrical glass solutions.
Where longer expanses of frameless glass is required IQ Glass can design entire walls made entirely from frameless structural glass with just a slim structural silicone joint sealing the separate structural glass units together. See ‘Glass Walls’ for more information about creating walls made of glass.
A frameless ‘Picture Window’ is a perfect solution to contemporary builds where minimal framing is wanted and can be finished neatly with a whole range of building construction methods.
Picture Windows are a structural glass installation and therefore do not have any standard design details. All design details including fixing, weather proofing, supporting structures and sealing will be designed by the IQ Glass architectural glazing design department during the design phase of the project.
All fixings associated with a frameless Picture Window can be hidden both internally and externally on most projects depending on the building finishes chosen. External render or cladding can easily be used to cover fixings externally. IQ Glass can design Picture Windows to suit your building finishes to create the neatest possible finish.
IQ Glass will calculate and design the optimum glass specification for each installation of a frameless picture Window to ensure the best performance possible and to achieve the performance requirements you need.
As there are no inherent framings associated with a frameless window the thickness of glass that can be used can be much more flexible, allowing IQ Glass to incorporate laminated glass elements and thicker glass panels as required.
The biggest unit of toughened glass that is cut within the UK is currently 6m x 3m, therefore this is the maximum size for a single panel Picture Window.
Other feasibility factors on site might reduce the size of Picture Window possible such as access to the window opening or weight restrictions on site.
In addition, when architects are looking to cost engineer the architectural glazing elements of a project, keeping at least one dimension of the Picture Window under 2.4m will cost engineer the basic glass costs. You can read more about this here.
Structural glass windows can be designed into almost any shape you require and are therefore a perfect option for more difficult or intricately designed window openings.
Frameless windows with arched heads, angles bases or cut out notches can be easily designed with a Picture Window. Curved frameless windows are also possible by using toughened curved glass units in a double or triple glazed glass unit.
Use frameless windows from IQ Glass to create impressive large windows to your commercial design project
When you are looking to create large impressive window openings on any type of building or architectural section the Picture Window is the perfect option.
Available is sizes of up to 6m x 3m you can integrate double height, frameless windows into external envelope of a building, allowing an abundance of natural light to enter the internal space and impressive views to be captured without obstruction.
Picture windows are frequently used to bring light into light wells and staircases without comprising on design quality and integrity.
Additionally you can use fire rated glass within a Picture Window installation to allow natural light to penetrate through a space whilst maintaining fire ratings required to protect exit ways. As the larger fire rated fixings can be hidden by the building finishes you can maintain the frameless effect of basic Picture Windows.
As a Picture Window has no moving parts or opening elements the aftercare and maintenance of such windows is very minimal only requiring cleaning as and when is necessary.
This commercial redevelopment project in London showcased a large number of different architectural glazing techniques to create light, bright working spaces and a luxury office development.
The office building on Borough High Street was completely renovated both inside and out and the project included the replacement and modernisation of all external windows.
On the ground floor and first floor IQ designed a number of frameless windows to be used to the reception area and first floor meeting rooms.
The large Picture Windows brought in a large amount of natural light into the working spaces which has been scientifically proven to improve work efficiency and output.
On the ground floor these bespoke windows were detailed with specialist stainless steel finish angles to match the windows of the building adjacent to it. The finished Picture Windows looks as if it is ‘popping’ out of the building slightly for a dynamic architectural glazing design.