Curved Balconies

• Monday, June 11th, 2018

Curved or facetted

Curved Patio Doors Inside LookImagine this – you have just designed a beautiful curved patio opening to the garden but you are told it needs to be made from ten small panels and you must have nine vertical mullions. Really? Compromise no more – Curved openings no longer need to be segmented into little straight parts, much like a fifty pence piece instead of curving the elements.

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• Monday, March 26th, 2018

The curved door fulfils the architects’ vision for the Tate in St. Ives​

Curved Glass Sliding DoorsVisitors to a new £20 million cliff-face extension at the Tate St Ives art gallery in Cornwall are brought closer to the Atlantic Ocean through an impressive curved sliding glass door.

The brief from the architect was to maximise the sea views and form a curved on plan door for the hemispherical domed Clore ’sky-studio’, which opens out onto a terrace and seating area.

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• Monday, January 29th, 2018

Curved vs Flat

curved facades in buildings

Since time immemorial, curved elements in buildings have been used to create superior aesthetics. These curved elements not only carry an inherent strength but are also pleasing to the eye. Curved balconies, curved top windows and doors, curved walls, domes, ellipses and spiral stairs are just some of the elements used by architects to enhance the building they are designing. It is interesting to note that in the modern age, where budget and cost are many times a main driver in design and chosen solutions, that these curved elements are often discarded or ruined by introduction of “facetted” curves rather than good old “round” curves. With the industrialisation of the building industry, many companies have become proficient in producing quantities of standard “flat” elements including glass. These industries cannot cope with curved elements and when curved glass and other elements are introduced this creates a “hiccup” in the system as these cannot be industrially done.

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• Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Frameless Glass BalconyAs with all journeys there’s a simple order in which things need to happen to ensure you end up smiling – enjoying and having friends and family say “WOW”, when it’s all finished. There’s a saying that is used by some trades people “measure twice and cut once” which could be applied to this journey, which is make sure you’ve had all your questions answered at each step before moving to the next step.

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• Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Bedroom with Juliet BalconyWhether you’re installing a Juliet balcony, which can be fitted as soon as it arrives, or a balustrade for a balcony, which has yet to be built, being able to plan when various parts arrive is important.

Here is an outline of what you can expect, although a more accurate time can be provided at the point of order.

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• Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Are your system structural glass balustrades?

Due to the fact that many of our systems are installed without the use of posts, we get asked if the Balconette system is a structural glass balustrade. The answer is no. It’s a hybrid system. A Structural glass balustrade means that the glass itself acts as the structure, and resists outward forces by being cantilevered from the ground.

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• Thursday, February 16th, 2017

What are the handrail systems made from?

We get asked are the handrails made of stainless steel? The answer is no, they are made from something better than stainless steel. They are made from anodised aluminium. Stainless steel is correctly named in that it stains less, but anodised aluminium is actually more corrosion-resistant, and that’s why we use it.

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• Thursday, February 09th, 2017

How are the corners joined?

We get asked a lot, how are the handrail corners joined together?

An internal corner bracket is screwed to the handrail with screwed plate and pan to covered plate. The handrail corners are fixed together mechanically by way of an internal corner bracket premade to the correct angle.  Each side of the handrail is screwed into the plate through the prefabricated holes on the handrail ends. On the Balcony 2 system it is then hidden by a cover plate.

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• Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Balcony’s Royal Chrome Balustrades – Seven years later, how have they fared?

The proof has to be in the pudding as they say…

curved glass balustradeConstructed in 2007 and fronting directly onto the Bognor Regis seafront, the five-storey Compass Point building comprises 24 luxury two-bedroom apartments, each with its own large balcony or terrace to make the most of spectacular sea views.

The balconies are enhanced by distinctive curved steels, a design feature that ‘connects with the sea’, complementing the contours of the eye-catching corner tower. This tower also houses the living rooms of five of the homes and the master bedroom of the two-storey penthouse apartment with its sweeping curved balustrading.

Balcony Systems supplied more than 300 metres of curved and straight glass balustrading featuring their proprietary ‘Royal Chrome’ handrail finish for the distinctive property, built by private developer Hamlet Homes Ltd.

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Hamlet Homes specified the durable anodised aluminium Royal Chrome finish – specially-developed by Balcony Systems – for its corrosion-resistance and virtually maintenance-free characteristics.

curved glass balustradesAlmost identical in appearance to polished stainless steel, but with none of the drawbacks, the Royal Chrome handrail is an ideal choice for coastal climates. Balcony introduced this special finish following clients’ requests for a long-life product with the smart look of stainless steel.

Superior to stainless steel

Mike Neale, Estimator and Buyer at Hamlet Homes, explained: “Seven years on, the balustrading with the Royal Chrome handrail supplied by Balcony Systems still looks very good. It has certainly demonstrated its robustness and longevity in a testing marine environment.

“Its ‘good as new’ appearance is in stark contrast to a stainless steel balustrade on another development at the other end of the seafront, which has not fared as well and is starting to rust.”

glass balconiesMike continued: “We were originally going to use stainless steel balustrading, but decided on Balcony Systems after their curved patio doors and balustrading caught my eye while researching them on the internet. The curved balcony on the penthouse apartment really adds to the flowing lines of the building.

“We were impressed by their products, which are very cost-effective. They are also designed for long-term performance as amply demonstrated after seven years at Compass Point.”

Since 2007, Hamlet Homes has used Balcony’s products on several other projects with great success. Mike added: “The fact that the Royal Chrome handrail still looks great on a seaside property after seven years is a testament to the product’s durability and quality. We would recommend Balcony Systems and use their products again in the future.”

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• Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Some 1,400 metres of the Balcony 2 System Glass Balustrade (using Balcony Systems’ Aerofoil shaped handrail) were specified to create sweeping curved glass balconies on this impressive and prestigious development.

Glass balustrades

Balconies, and glass in particular, have become an important and appealing feature of buildings, particularly for apartment developments where they allow purchasers comfortable access to enjoy fresh air and surrounding views.

As an integral and aesthetic aspect of domestic architecture, their appearance also plays a key role in a property’s visual appeal, helping to secure sales. Consequently, modern balcony styles now favour glazed systems, rather than railings or spindles, to retain clear panoramic views of surrounding scenery.

Maximum glass and minimum uprights

“The main considerations were maximum glass and minimum uprights to keep the river views. Achieving smooth curves without the need for a faceted construction and the expanse of glass gives a ‘Mediterranean’ feel to the whole development, which works really well,”

Using low-maintenance materials, such as glass and aluminium, also has the added advantage of requiring almost no regular and costly maintenance to keep the structure looking as good as new.

Glass balustrades

Innovation and development in balcony design has resulted in a beautiful, yet cost-effective system available on the British market that replicates the look of structural glazing for both curved and straight balustrading solutions.  As the Balcony system relies on the handrail to provide the required strength, in many cases the glass balustrades require no vertical supports to provide an uninterrupted view.

This was the key reason why the system was requested and specified for Trent Park by the client, built to the east of Nottingham city centre. Balcony Systems supplied the specialist balustrading solution for 146 luxury one to three-bedroomed apartments to take advantage of spectacular riverside views.

1,400 metres of straight and curved glass balconies

The result delivered the client’s vision for an aesthetically-driven balustrading solution that is as visually stunning as it is practical. Technical expertise and knowledge was essential at all stages of the project, from initial design concepts right through to overseeing installation of nearly 1,400 metres of straight and curved glass balconies.

Sweeping curved glass balconies follow the building’s rounded lines on the larger apartments, allowing for unobstructed views across the landscaped grounds and enhancing light through the full height windows.

Glass balustrades

The system’s versatility allowed for specialist adaptation to suit the fixings and edge installation. Waterproofing was also taken into account with the balcony installation interfacing with the cladding system.

The system is suitable for all types of applications, being compatible with timber, steel, stone, brick and concrete walls. As the toughened glass panels are held securely at the base and handrail, there are no clamps, clips or ‘lugs’ to spoil the clean lines.

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