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Building Products March 2018

DOORS, WINDOWS, GLAZING AND ACCESSORIES GET ON THE BANDING WAGON According to Kye Edwards, business development director of partitioning brand Ocula Systems, the revival of banded glass, based on late Art Deco styling, is currently ‘one of the hottest trends in glazing’. Here, he examines how the look can be achieved with partitioning. with stunning results. It’s a form of fenestration that’s currently bang on trend. Design choice This banded trend has added even more design choice to partitions, enabling specifiers to truly personalise a working environment to suit both how a specific organisation works and the building it resides within. In fact the wide choice of styles, colours and materials have now made it quite complex to specify partitioning that’s not only visually on trend but complies to acoustic and fire protection requirements. So it’s important to involve the manufacturer and their product design team when specifying this glazing to ensure it is the right product for the job. While dark grey is currently the prevalent colour option in partitioning, any RAL colour can be sourced; so matching to a scheme or corporate colour way is no problem. To complement these partition walls, both flush glazed and framed glass MARCH 2018 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 23 The original banded steel windows were a style particularly prevalent in many prewar houses in the boroughs of London and still feature in many commercial buildings in the cities across North America. Over the past 30 years, they have been considered rather a dated design and, being associated with single glazing, not particularly energy efficient. But as with many interior trends, they have made a serious comeback in both exterior and interior partitioning glazing in the commercial market. And like many resurging fashions, they have been completely modernised in the process. Our commercial working spaces are continually changing and the market supplying internal partitioning and doors has reacted well to these changing demands for a more flexible and transient environment. Interior styling moves too and one of the most recent trends has seen an industrial theme, a style of polished concrete floors and grey walls offering a blank canvas for the design. We have seen exposed brickwork, stainless steel featuring strongly, the mixing and matching of old and new furniture alongside upcycling objects. The new trend in banded glazing has ridden on the back of this styling. It reflects early Crittall window designs, offering plenty of light to a space with horizontal and sometimes vertical bands separating the glass, adding interest as well as being a great safety feature, allowing people to clearly see the glazed partition area. The styling sits particularly well in commercial buildings that originated in the early 1900s, industrial mills and factories now being regenerated as office space. That said, the trend is also being designed into commercial new build Continued on page 24 >>> It’s a form of fenestration that’s bang on trend


Building Products March 2018
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