Whether on a listed building as part of the planning permissions or on a contemporary new build as a design feature, different elements of high specification structural glass can be expertly integrated together by IQ Glass to create a clear, frameless link between spaces.
Fixing methods can vary to suit each project need, with the option to chase all fixings into the stonework if possible for a completely frameless look.
These glass links can be constructed using single glazing or insulated glass units such as triple or double glazing for a thermally efficient installation. Opening elements such as doors can be integrated into the structural glass construction for freedom of movement throughout a space. On a single glazed installation opening doors from IQ’s Frameless Interior System can be incorporated into the structural glass installation for a completely frameless finish.
IQ Glass will design and engineer the building connections, the glass to glass joints and all fixings for a sleek glass installation that will pass even the most stringent planning officer’s approval.
Glazed Links can also incorporate built elements for a feature glass link between spaces such as a solid roof, timber supports or framed doors.
It is possible to integrate any of our architectural glass doors into your glass link design. Which door system that is most suitable for your glass link structure will depend on design intent and budget.
In keeping with the minimal design of a structural glass link a slim framed system is often preferred such as a minimal window® or a Vitra Pivot.
Wherever an opening is integrated into a structural glass installation additional steel support may be required to create the opening in which the door is going to be installed. These additional steel supports are designed to be as minimal as possible whilst ensuring the structural integrity of the glass link.
When a steel support has to be included as part of the design it can be finished in a number of ways to ensure a cohesive design. Back painted glass covering the steel will offer a sleek, all glass look. Alternatively an architectural metal or aluminium pressing can be used to match the door system.
Frameless glass links are the perfect way to create a link between two buildings to provide shelter from the outdoors and to enhance the natural light intake into the buildings on either side of the link.
Installing a glass link provides the perfect contemporary addition to older, more traditional commercial buildings. These glass links provide ease of access between spaces and can be integrated on any level of a building.
IQ Glass were part of a renovation project of a medical centre in Stevenage where a glass link was installed to connect two buildings together. This double height glass extension was created with frameless structural glass. Natural light intake has been maximised into this link by installing floor-to-ceiling structural glass for the walls and ceilings.
Glass fins were installed to support the outer edge glass beams and to extend the fully glazed appearance. Installing this glass link between the buildings provides more space by creating more rooms within the building which are well lit and sheltered from the bad weather.
This glass link has provided an easy access route for patients and visitors between each building and provides beautiful views of the gardens either side of the extension. The spandrel panel installed between the floors has been back painted to match the entrance of the building.
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