The hottest material in workplace design right now is interior glass. Why? The utilization of glass opens offices to provide light and collaborative workspaces.
Offices that are enclosed in glass allow natural light to create a more transparent and collaborative work environment. Glass doors and panels can be trimmed with timber framing to match the room’s interior materials and design.
Over the past decade or so the average size of offices has been shrinking. That trend coincides with the growing popularity of interior glass for offices. Glass is being used to reduce space but still give the appearance of openness.
Demountable interior glass provides owners the flexibility to reconfigure office spaces quickly to accommodate tenant shifts while enhancing workplace connectivity. The best part is that interior glass is more durable and requires less maintenance than drywall.
Interior glass has also become the material of choice for office spaces because so many projects strive to infiltrate more natural light deep into the office core to afford employees greater visibility to the outdoors and exposure to daylight.
Workplace privacy is definitely evolving, and the expanding use of interior glass is the trend to open up workspaces to inspire collaboration and camaraderie. Some companies are even dispensing with offices altogether and building open and flexible floor plans.
Almost all businesses, however, need areas of privacy for a vast number of reasons. Glass partitions and doors offer privacy to sound. Opaque laminated glass or switchable glass darkens the panes when privacy is needed. Translucent glass is available in a variety of prints, patterns, and colors. And some companies are using this glass for branding purposes.
Glare doesn’t seem to be a major issue when installing interior glass. Glass in office buildings should account for natural light coming into the space, as well as the office’s lighting design working in tandem with one another.
Frameless glass looks cleaner and and can eliminate the need for opaque pieces to create a seamless wall. The entrance to offices is the perfect place to install a frameless glass system to create an inviting entry.
Being that glass provides innumerable options in design the implementation of this material continues to evolve and stands the test of time with its durability and beauty.