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Minimal, Frameless Glass Links

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.

Opening Elements

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.

minimal glass links


frameless glass link with pivot door

Integrated 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.

Glass Specification

We will design a bespoke glass specification for your glass link, designed around the structure size and performance requirements. 

Glass links can be created using single glazing or insulated glass (double or triple glazing). If the glass link space needs insulating properties then we will need to use double glazing as a minimum. 

As a glass link is a structural glass design the inclusion of laminated glass panes is often used to increase the strength of the glass unit and create a safe structural glass design. 

Any glass to glass connection is designed by the team at IQ to be very minimal. We are able to employ our years of experience in structural glass design to create frameless glass links with no framework required. 




Structural Glass Links Product Info Sheet


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