Many offices have at least some areas within them which include office partitions. These partitions can be temporary or permanent, can be floor to ceiling height or lower, and can incorporate rooms, corridors and glazed areas into the design. Many such partitions use solid panels e.g. PVC / plastic, MDF or even metal e.g. aluminium frames because they are flexible materials in terms of what can be constructed from them, and many different finishes and colours can be easily applied to them. For example, laminate finishes are popular, although materials such as silk can also be applied to solid panels to provide an extra element of aesthetic appeal. In recent years however there has been a high demand for glass office partitions, and for architectural glass art pieces, particularly in corporate offices and design / creative related industries.
Although essentially made from the same underlying material i.e. toughened glass panels of varying sizes, there is no real ‘standard’ glass office partition. In the first instance these panels are made / cut to measure depending on the area of the office they have to fit into. Strong aluminium tracks, which can be made in a variety of colours, provide the supporting, and unobtrusive framework. These tracks can also be carried on vertically from floor to ceiling, or for a cleaner line clear or crystal silicone can be used along the joints.
Glass partitions are not only good for the appearance of the office area, but because they are generally made from 10mm or 12mm thick toughened glass. This means that they are more than capable of withstanding normal day-to-day impacts and contact. Manifestation film is often applied to larger clear glass panels to make them more visible, but film, and textured effects can also be added to the panels to improve aesthetics office-ball or to provide a frosted effect and with it a degree of privacy where it’s required.
Frameless glass doors, aluminium framed glass doors, or veneered doors can be used to maintain and enhance whatever design theme has been created with the main glass panels. Attractive and practical Individual office spaces, meeting and conference rooms, and reception areas for example can all be created using glass partitions.
Glass Partition Ideas
By their nature partitions divide an area of space into compartments and in the work setting this allows for multiple uses for floor space which would have had one use before. For example one use could be to create a reception and an office using glass. A full height toughened glass partition with veneered doors could be used to create a reception are with a feeling of space and plenty of light. In addition to this some solid sound rates full height walls could be used to create the office boundary. Both of these areas could be blended in to the office using panelling flush to the wall, a brand new suspended ceiling, along with new lighting, carpeting and an air conditioning system.
Paul Smithy writes on a number of business related subjects and specifically about office partitions and glass partitions.
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