Construction & Building

Ditch The Walls – Here’s A Better Way To Divide Spaces

If you were ever asked how you would divide a room into separate rooms or compartments, you would most definitely say, and without a second thought at that, to put up a wall as a divider. Certainly, this is the obvious answer – but it is by no means the only answer. Today, thanks to the creative minds of various different architects and interior designers, various different methods of creating or separating spaces have come to be. One such method? That would be glass.

Now, by glass, I do mean the transparent, see-through material you’re imagining. And if now you’re thinking that glass is not that adequate at separating spaces, especially when it’s… so see through, then you probably don’t know about feature glass.

Just like laminated glass HK, patterned glass is another different category that falls within the realm of glasses. Also known as ‘pressed glass’ or ‘obscure glass’, it is basically glass with an irregular surface, through which the passage of light – which is normally very much unobstructed – is reduced to a certain extent by either obscuring the vision or diffusing the light. Simply put, this means that the glass has a pattern on its surface – and that this pattern blocks the passage of light to a certain degree.

Pressed glass comes in manydifferent patterns, but there are two basic methods through which these patterns are applied onto the glass:

• The ‘Rolled’ Method – here,the pattern is built right into the glass. Therefore, this is done during the manufacturing process of the glass itself; the pattern is either ‘rolled’ into the glass or ‘impressed’ by the utilization of moulds during the manufacturing process.

• The ‘Etched’ Method – here, the pattern is only applied to the surface of the glass. This is done once the glass has been manufactured – the surface is consequently subjected to abrasion by chemical processes or sand-blasting.

The rolled method is less expensive compared to the etched method, but it is only effective in glasses with a considerably greater thickness, as the pattern is inserted into the glass itself. On the other hand, the etched method is much more expensive, but the thickness of the glass is irrelevant here – the etched method works on glasses of all thicknesses.

By obstructing the view of light, pressed glass can retain the confidentiality or privacy that is required of certain spaces, as such, it has become an increasingly popular method of separating rooms in offices, hospitals and other similar work places. Its usage can also be extended to the residential field – pressed glass is an effective separator in bathrooms and the tub and shower enclosures within it; it is also used in doorways, windows and outdoor furniture.