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Visual Privacy

Ensure visual privacy throughout your fit-out design without compromising style, creative vision and natural light. Glass manifestation, whether it’s an applied film, a decorative interlayer or switchable glass, is a highly effective method of creating visual privacy. With different options and customisations available, the design possibilities are endless.

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 boardrooms 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 use Reeded style manifestation to achieve a level of privacy in their London HQ.

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 blinds can be incorporated within the Optima 217 Plus double glazed system to provide privacy. For example, Southmead Hospital in Bristol use blinds 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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