Bent & Tempered Railing Glass
The dramatic sculptural staircase in the centre of the BP Head Office in Auckland is a key feature of the fit-out by Unispace. But it's not just about aesthetics – the steel, glass and timber staircase is the central connecting element in the office, linking different business units and providing opportunities for staff interaction.
What made the design of this staircase particularly tricky was the tight 700mm internal bend radius of the 12mm glass, which is as tight as the industry can achieve. Glasshape’s experience and manufacturing capabilities helped in other ways, too. Huge benefits were gained in economies of scale, by supplying 25 panels in just three different radii. This meant three set-up costs were spread across multiple panels, greatly reducing the cost per unit.
Glass can be bent & curved or manipulated to suit a variety of architectural situations – but just how tight a curve can go has often been a limiting factor. However, when you choose the right manufacturer, the options are greater. This spiral staircase – at the head office of leading Australian custom home builder Atrium Homes – is a good example of advanced glass manufacturing producing an ideal outcome for all concerned.