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Visual Privacy

Glass manifestation, whether it is an applied film, a decorative interlayer or switchable glass, is a highly effective method of creating visual privacy. There are endless design possibilities. Integral blinds provide options for creating privacy within meeting rooms and offices. In addition, they work well in a hospital environment where patient needs and therefore privacy needs are constantly changing.  See our recent installation at Condé Nast International’s HQ in London using a reeded effect manifestation.

Switchable Glass

Switchable glass for visual privacySwitchable glass provides instant visual privacy at the flick of a switch. Therefore, it’s a popular choice for board rooms and conference rooms, because it provides a versatile and stylish solution. When switched on, an electrical current is applied which changes the properties of the glass and instantly turns it from opaque to clear. Above all, switchable glass is easily incorporated into single and double glazed systems. See more of Land Securities (pictured), AJ Gallagher, CMS and Norton Rose Fulbright in Perth.  These projects all use switchable glass in their interiors for open or private meetings.

 

Applied Film Manifestation

The most commonly specified form of manifestation is applied film as it’s cost effective and lightweight. Manifestation graphics can be used to display your brand as well as providing visual privacy. Likewise there are endless design possibilities for graphic representations.  PRS For Music use an acoustic wave theme in their new offices forming part of the King’s Cross Development.  Thomson Reuters use a theme of orange circles to continue their branding inside the building.  Condé Nast International use reeded style manifestation to achieve a level of privacy in their London HQ, see the video above.

In addition, a wide range of vinyl applied films are available.  So, whether you’re looking for an etched effect film, a transparent colour film, an optically clear digital film or a speciality film such as bomb blast film, get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Integral Blinds

Visual privacy with integral blindsSimilarly, integral venetian blinds can be incorporated within the 217 Plus double glazed system to provide privacy. For example, White Rose Sports in Manchester use blinds and so does Southmead Hospital in Bristol where patient visual privacy needs vary during the day.  Above all, blinds provide a great way of monitoring patients without disturbing them whilst open and when closed providing complete privacy.  The standard slat width is 25mm and there is an extensive range of colours and finishes. Moreover, the aluminium hidden mullion, which sits discreetly within the cavity of the glazing, houses the cabling and blind control mechanism.

Building Regulations Approved Document K (2013)

Building Approved Document K (2013)  references the use of manifestation on glass entrance doors and glazed screens.

How this works:

  • Easily distinguished  location of glass entrance doors, especially when they are within a glazed screen and when the door is both open and shut.
  • Manifestation which clearly contrasts with the background in all weather/lighting conditions.
  • In addition, manifestation which is located between 850mm–1000mm and 1400mm–1600mm, i.e. in 150mm high bands which could be a solid band, a decorative feature or split bands of 50mm each.
  • High contrast strips at the top and on both sides of a glazed door in a glazed screen.
  • If glass doors can remain in the open position, an easily distinguishable leading edge, protected by guarding (entrance doors only) to prevent it becoming a collision hazard.

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