• Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
Outward or inward curving, Balconette’s Curvaglide® range of curved glass sliding doors add the instant ‘Wow’ factor to any property. Suitable for installation in existing buildings or included in new homes or extensions, they are as practical as they are beautiful.
• Monday, June 11th, 2018
Curved or facetted
Imagine 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.
• Monday, March 26th, 2018
The curved door fulfils the architects’ vision for the Tate in St. Ives
Visitors 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.
• Monday, January 29th, 2018
Curved vs Flat
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.
• Monday, November 27th, 2017
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.
• Monday, October 23rd, 2017
Curved Sliding Doors Showcasing a Killer View.
Curved sliding doors are all about the illusion of space. While not looking particularly remarkable in themselves, they make the outside look spectactular. If you have a great view, there is no better way to show it off than with curved sliding patio doors that wrap around a part of the room and seem to almost disappear while giving the feeling of being outside and immersed within that fabulous vista.
• Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Whether 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.
• Wednesday, October 05th, 2016
Stunning curved fenestration elements, supplied by Balconette, take full advantage of panoramic sea views at Art Deco-inspired seafront house at East Lothian on the north-east Scottish coast. Curved glass doors and windows open up the sea views, while letting in a lot of light. Master bedroom curved windows follow the shape of the building and also allow in much natural light. With the curved doors, there’s no interruption to the view and they’re fantastic when opened up on a sunny day.
Read more about Curved windows in East Lothian >
• Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
One of Balcony’s largest-ever curved sliding glass doors has been installed at a new £3.5 million visitor and education centre dedicated to the Battle of Britain overlooking the English Channel in Kent.
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The Wing, which is home to the interactive Scramble Experience, was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in March 2015 during the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
A spokesman for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said: “The Wing is built in the shape of a Spitfire wing, with a central ‘cockpit’ area on the first floor housing a café with unbeatable views out over the channel.
“At 19 metres wide, this is certainly one of our largest curved doors and it looks absolutely amazing! The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s Cockpit Café must have one of the best views in Kent and we are delighted to have helped the client realise their vision with this prestigious project.” Concluded Effi Wolff, Managing Director at Balcony Systems.
• Thursday, October 07th, 2010
Balcony Systems’ curved patio doors are part of an award winning project. A recent timber frame construction completed by property developer Princeton Homes has won Best Individual Dwelling in the West of England Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Excellence Awards. The award ceremony took place in Bristol at the Royal Marriott Hotel on 9th July. The judges were impressed by the high standard of design, construction and workmanship of the build. Balcony’s curved patio doors are a key feature. The project, which is based in Lacock, Wiltshire, is also up for a national award later this year.
Managing Director of Princeton Homes, Andy Turner says: “We are extremely pleased with this award. The brief was to build a high spec, modern property that made the most of the spectacular 180° views over the Wiltshire countryside. So installing curved patio doors to one whole side of the house, top to bottom, seemed the answer. The finished design, which combines traditional building methods with the latest energy saving techniques such as solar panels and air-source heat pumps, makes for an amazing looking property.”