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.
What architects don’t need is a headache. They want a company and a product that works well in their design and comes with all the backup and support so it is easily implemented on site. Not all projects and not all clients are the same. Here at Balcony Systems we deal with small, medium and large sized projects. Every project will have a different focus and different weight given to different aspects. Some clients will pivot the project around the cost and yet others will adhere to the design intent and will be willing to put up the required budget to meet their design.
Effi Wolff joined his father’s company in 1993 after his military service. The company had been successfully creating glass banisters and balustrades in Israel since it’s formation in 1984. After eleven years, in 2004, Effi brought the concept to the UK. Bringing innovation to the already popular trend, he was able to bring down the cost per unit, even when making customs sizes and shapes. The company took off and is now the leading UK manufacturer of glass balustrades and Juliet balconies, as well as curved patio doors and windows.
The terms Balustrade or Banister are the words that are commonly used when describing the components that make up a railing or guard system. The Balusters are the upright posts that act as the support of the system, usually spaced evenly along the balustrade. The Balustrade was traditionally made of wood and clay and other metal components.
Point Resolution Bridge – Glass Balustrades and Textured Concrete
Glass balustrades today can be incredibly exciting! Point Resolution Bridge in New Zealand is a case in point. Completed in 2013, it was designed by architectural firm Warren and Mahoney. This is a wonderful example of using the strength of glass to create a sculptured piece of architecture, which is used as a walking bridge and connects the Parnell baths with the headland of Point Resolution/Taurana in New Zealand. Wrapped in a steel exoskeleton with etched concrete and glass details, this lovely bridge appears to float, while providing pedestrians with an extraordinary view.
This marvelous bridge along Auckland’s waterfront is a very innovative and fresh approach to using toughened glass in a waterfront setting.
When choosing a Balconette product, you have the choice of three railing options. No handrail, a Circular handrail or an Aerofoil handrail.
Both handrail options have commonalities. They give you a sense of security and something to hold onto. This is especially important for balconies which are likely to be used by children, the elderly or people with physical limitations.
Both handrails are made to the same high standard, and are available in a choice of four finishesto suit your requirements.
Installing curved glass sliding doors could be one of the most incredible things you do to your home or project. But so many people look longingly at such a design; and then settle for something more conventional. “Too costly” they sigh. “A nightmare to fit” they mutter. “You need a real specialist and there’s no-one that can supply at a reasonable cost” they think. We hate to be spoilsports, but they’re not quite right.
The perfect glass balustrade fittings for your project
There was a time when people would avoid fitting their own glass balustrades. But times have changed for the better! Advances in technology have made glass balustrades an affordable and achievable project; they’re an excellent choice for the self-builder or home-improver. But before installing your new balustrade, you must choose the right kit for your project.
Selecting the right fittings for your glass balustrade can be a minefield, but choosing Balconette will take a load off your mind. We supply complete balustrade systems – there’s no list-making and item-hunting to trouble yourself with. Just make your balustrade choice, put your order in and you’re ready to go!
Usually when something looks stunning, there’s a price tag to match. Cars are a great example, where a brand name can add 1000’s to the price tag, but in this case our innovative glass balustrade design has enabled us to create a system that has: