A touch of ‘glass’
Uniqueness is a tricky quality to create, but it is what we aspire to have in our homes: that feeling of a truly individual space that reflects our interests and taste. Pinterest boards and stunning interiors on Houzz.co.uk have made us a little spoilt for choice. One material that has infinite possibilities and can be used to create architecturally breathtaking spaces, sculptural and functional elements and also stunning interior features is glass. Architects have been using glass to create ground breaking buildings since Joseph Paxton designed Crystal Palace for the great exhibition of 1851.
Traditional stained glass processes can be used with a modern twist to create furniture pieces such as this beautiful screen or entrance ways / feature walls.
Glass can be used to architecturally contrast the old and the new to visually emphasise the difference. It is also very useful where separation is required but the view and space do not need to be contained. This doorway increases light throughout the space, and creates a bold contemporary feel whilst making what could otherwise be a messy looking wall become the star feature that sets the whole tone for this unique space.
A bespoke glass fronted walk in fridge is a unique piece. It adds an element of luxury to the most mundane of appliances.
A large picture window (this one from Robert Dye) is an innovative interpretation of the typical dormer loft extension. It allows more light into the room, and creates an architectural feature for the home.
Architectural glazing now comes with all sorts of useful characteristics. Heated glasss and glass radiators can be used to provide an invisible or elegant heat source.
Solar controlled glass such as Pilkington Sun Cool allows light in but reflects heat out. Essential when designing contemporary glass extensions.
Self cleaning glass has a surface that repels dirt and allows the rain to wash it away. Great for rooflights and glass extensions.
Optiwhite is extra clear glass that allows more light transmission than standard glass so will bring more natural light into your interior.
Also switchable smart glass is great for entrance halls and bathrooms: as at the touch of a switch a clear glass wall becomes opaque and your stunning view out by day can turn into an intimate space at night.