With an increasing number of building materials becoming available in today’s market, architects around the world are finding that space within their architectural material libraries is getting a bit tight. Keeping shelves upon shelves of materials in a single location can be costly, as can keeping a librarian on staff. One solution is gaining in popularity to address this problem: digitization.
There is an abundance of material information online and available for download. Combining the digitization of products with a robust contact database of product representatives is helpful when materials need to be procured or selected.
Digitization may solve the space problem, but it leaves something to desired. There’s nothing like the physical look and feel of a material when making decisions about your latest design. That tactile understanding can help you better envision your final product. And not all products need to take up an abundance space.
As an architect, you’re always looking for new and innovative materials to add to your material library so you can stay ahead of growing trends and match the demands of today’s public, commercial, and residential environments. Some trends, while exciting, create new challenges.
The Interior Glass Trend
In 2017, Building Design & Construction called interior glass “the hottest material in workplace design.” According to senior editor John Caufield, this trend is due in part to shrinking office sizes: “The average size of offices has shrunk by 30%, to 175 square feet per employee. That trend coincides with the growing popularity of interior glass for offices construction and renovation.”
Both interior and exterior-facing glass are key for encouraging the transfer of natural light, making smaller spaces feel bigger, and encouraging transparency and collaboration. According to Glass Magazine, “the design community looks to glass for multi-purpose solutions for their interior environments… from a corporate logo on an entry glass wall, to decorative glass partitions that divide a space while permitting natural light, interior glass provides aesthetics and function.”
However, this proliferation of glass comes with a caveat. As the private office loses its practicality and more and more workers are being clustered together in groups, privacy is now at a premium. Instead, privacy is usually achieved by creating temporary-use breakout rooms or conference spaces that are, more often than not, also surrounded by glass to encourage light transfer.
As privacy becomes increasingly rare, but also increasingly important, architects and building designers will need a solution for offices that contain vast amounts of interior glass. It’s for this reason that you should consider adding VisionControlFilm to your library.
Like other frosted window films, VisionControlFilm obstructs the view without creating a completely opaque surface. However, this film is more remarkable than traditional frosted film. Instead of blocking the view from an entire 180 degree angle, VisionControlFilm only blocks the view from specific angles. As the viewing angle changes, so does the view.
This gives the film numerous applications in office buildings, residential buildings, and retail buildings, making it a versatile addition to your architectural material library. With the growing need for more privacy and the continued application of interior glass in today’s buildings, innovative glass window privacy films provide the perfect solution for discerning architects and designers.
If you’re interested in obtaining a sample of VisionControlFilm, you can request a free swatch book to add to your library.