From wall to wall smart glass windows, to switchable privacy glass partitions, switchable glass has been rapidly gaining in popularity in recent years. As technology is moving more and more to the forefront of interior design, the use of switchable glass in flooring has become a common feature in new commercial and residential design projects.
Why and when would you choose to install switchable glass floors?
1. Elevator Floors
Using glass as an elevator floor makes an interesting design feature when the lift is in motion, showing the levels rushing past. However, when the lift is stopped, the view of the floor and gears in the shaft aren’t so visually appealing! That’s why using switchable glass floors is a much smarter choice. To ensure the design remains cutting edge, the technology can be automated to turn opaque when the lift is stopped, or simply stopped at the bottom level, and transform to a transparent state when in motion.
2. Roof Top Terraces & Balconies
A roof top terrace constructed from glass offers amazing views. However, the downside of having a transparent floor and walls on a terrace or balcony is compromised privacy. Fortunately, switchable smart glass floors offer the perfect solution by allowing you to switch the state of the panels to opaque at any moment to protect the privacy of those on the balcony or terrace.
Using switchable glass in your staircases creates an amazing design feature. It almost gives the appearance your stairway is floating or even invisible, especially when paired with minimal balustrades. The modern design also allows you to change your aesthetic on demand, as the glass can appear in a multitude of colours in the opaque form. From brilliant blues to soft reds and greens, your project can be customised in any way you can imagine.
A walkway constructed from glass is a great talking point for any commercial or residential build, be it an indoor or outdoor glass walkway. The innovative switchable glass technology can add an even more contemporary edge to a glass walkway. By using switchable glass flooring, the panels can be automated to change state when someone walks across the walkway, and can even transform to different colours as they continue on their journey.
5. Separating tiers of a home
Glass floors are rapidly growing in popularity in home design, used largely to separate tiers of the building or section off different living spaces. However, while the transparency creates the illusion of a larger interior, it can also compromise on its functionality when privacy is needed. Luckily switchable glass floors resolve this problem by obstructing the view of those above or below at the flick of a switch.
For more information on when to use switchable glass floors, contact Smartglass International today. Our expert team would be happy to advise on the suitability for your project.