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When glass is used as a load-bearing component in building construction, it is referred to as structural glass. It involves utilizing glass panels or other structurally sound components to support and stabilize the entire building system. Structural glass, as opposed to conventional non-load-bearing glass, such as windows or walls, is made to support weight and transfer loads.
To establish a secure and long-lasting connection when connecting structural glass to brick or stone, numerous factors should be taken into account. Depending on the design requirements and the materials' ability to support their weight, a specific approach will be employed. Here are a few typical methods:
A common worry for home owners and architects is ensuring that every visible fitting, hinge, screw or join is hidden to the best of their ability. Connecting structural glass to brick or stone has been developed overtime and now has a very simple solution to hiding the fittings.
The number one choice for architects is to use brick slips. Brick slips are fake bricks made from a material such as plastic, metal or even sometimes brick. Brick slips will slide over any fixing if enough room is provided. Another solution is building a brick wall after the glazing is installed. This is a more expensive process but will allow for the builders to assess the glazing and conjure the best possible way to build a wall to conceal the fixings.
A great example of this is Princelet Street. This project has a large structural glass fixing which was hidden with a fake brick wall after installation. The outcome of this project (seen below) has given the property owners the desired glazing to brick effect.
Another example of the glazing to brick effect can be seen at Little Marlow. This home has a large kitchen and living area extension that features our bespoke slim sliding doors. The frames of the glazing are slightly recessed into the brick work of the extension. This creates the effect of the glazing being framed directly ino the brick structure.
A final example would be Cranbourne Road. Cranbourne has the same design choice as Little Marlow, however the configuration of the extension is more unique. The hidden frame gives the illusion that from the interior of the property the glazing is fully fixed into the house structure which was desired by the clients.
If you have any questions about bespoke glazing finishes and effect, then contact the team today here. If you have a different enquiry or question, do not hesitate to contact the team as well.