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The brand new Intercontinental Hotel Downtown Los Angeles had its Grand Opening on the 23rd of June 2017 and opened its doors to guests on the 2nd of July 2017, welcoming the tower now as the highest on the Los Angeles skyline after a swift 41-month build program.

Of course, a tower that is graced with such title, and presented in such eloquence… only the finest design and products were specified to ensure a welcome stay for guests awaiting their LA vacation!

When Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems approached Glasshape about the hotel’s Grand Entrance Staircase, a solution of ambience was quickly arrived at. With the design conceived as a slight sweeping staircase, starting as an exterior rise, transforming into an interior elevation, the concept quickly became a reality
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Using CRL’s Base Shoe System side fixed to a steel stair clad with pavers, a solid Bent Glass rail system was required to both provide the ultimate strength while remaining a clear safety barrier. ¾” Bent TemperShield® Starphire Glass was selected to deliver to the client’s aesthetic desires.
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12/15/17
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Albert Park lies in the heart of Suva and has several historic events associated with it. It is both the place where Fiji first became an independent nation and where Charles Kingsford Smith, landed his small plane, the Southern Cross, during one of the greatest feats in aviation history - the first flight across the Pacific.

When it came to upgrading the facility and honouring the feats of Kingsford Smith the choice for the Suva City council was easy – VisionInk. Glasshape worked in association with its Fiji agent IGM, AAPI Architects and HLK Jacob to honour the feat of this great aviator with a display accessible by the public, a main feature of which was a walkway flanked by glass aeroplane wings depicting scenes from this historic event. So why did they choose VisionInk ®, with its ability to recreate photo realistic images as well as graphics this product became the obvious choice. Other considerations were the fact that the image becomes part of the glass substrate once tempered (toughened) so it becomes extremely hard to scratch. In addition the inclusion of UV inhibitors in the ink meant that it could be used both internally and externally. All important features when you are looking for longevity and a product that will withstand the test of time.
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11/7/17
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Glasshape are honoured to have been associated with the construction of 2 grand staircases at the new Herriman City Hall in Herriman Utah.

Through our partnership with Arc 'n' Spark Design, Glasshape became part of Herriman City’s vision to build “a true gathering place for our community” as announced by Mayor Freeman.

The 2 sweeping grand staircases openly connect various areas of the building together, carefully assembled together by wood, stone and glass. The ½” TemperShield® Bent Safety Glass was carefully custom made to ensure a perfect sweeping fit, while also delivering a true sense of openness and daylighting into the hall entranceway.

As each piece of glass was constructed from CAD files determined from field measurements ahead of time, this allowed production of glass to commence while the staircase was still being erected onsite – saving the GC any downtime waiting for his custom glass.

Our client had the following to say about his association with Glasshape on this project

“As far as the project outcome, it was fairly smooth. The biggest complication was getting the glass here in a timely manner and I truly appreciate the fact Glasshape did what they could to expedite the glass as quickly as possible to meet the lead times that were quoted to me. The product was flawless.”

Tim Berube, Arc 'n' Spark Design
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11/3/17
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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.

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.
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10/26/17
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When Glasshape was approached by a glass market leader in Texas, Glasshouse Products, to bring a special project to life, they knew who to reach out to!

This special project was all about providing an outstanding result on quality appearance, timeliness, and something that worked with the budget.

Working with curved geometry is always a challenge, this is why Glasshape offer on-site digitizing, to measure your curved challenges!

As part of our turn-key offering, Glasshape digitized this staircase, 3D computer modeled and fabricated 14 Bent customized Glass Railing Panels to make this exciting dream turn into a reality for the new home owner!
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10/19/17
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Bringing natural light into a home can be challenging. One solution is to incorporate glass balustrades, which can also provide a crisp, contemporary design element.

For this luxury home in Noosa, the designer specified TemperShield® curved toughened glass from Glasshape for the balustrades on a sweeping curved staircase and upper level landing.

Ultra-clear low-iron glass further enhances the sense of space by removing the green tinge associated with standard glass, allowing the balustrade to blend in with the highly contemporary interior design.

The Noosa project was so successful, the installer, Safa Glass Brisbane, won the Glass and Aluminium Association of Queensland (GAAQ) 2013 award for Best Use of Glass and Glazing – Residential.
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10/18/17
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Expansive views in all directions are vital for a large retail centre – they generate anticipation and excitement. And it's not just about the architecture and fit-outs – people checking out the merchandise and riding the escalators help to animate the spaces, enhancing the whole experience.

Clear glass balustrading helps ensure such views are maximized, which is exactly what the design team specified for the new Rundle Place premium retail centre in the Rundle Mall precinct in Adelaide. TemperShield® 19mm curved toughened, heat-soaked glass from Glasshape was chosen for the balustrades in the central atrium.

As well as complying with the regulations for frameless glass balustrades in shopping centres, the curved glass provides a distinctive architectural feature. It also enhances the sense of openness and space, and ensures the circulation areas flow seamlessly.
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10/18/17
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This award-winning showroom for a European car retailer benefits from a giant curving glass window made of bent glass from Glasshape.

Showcasing luxury products like high-end vehicles requires premium display solutions and these award-winning premises are a case in point.

Chow:Hill Architects was tasked with creating a dramatic retail precinct on an important corner site that is a gateway to Hamilton. The completed project won the Commercial Architecture Award in the 2016 Waikato-Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards.
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10/18/17
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Excellent curved toughened glass from Glasshape.
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