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TransParency™ structural glass balustrades give stairs a really streamlined look because they’re pure glass, without visible fixings or supports, and can be used for straight or curved stairs, landings and balconies. The toughened glass is securely mounted and meets regulations and quality standards in Europe, the UK, and the US.
TransParency™ balustrades sit in concealed steel or aluminium tracks and their pure lines recall the way glass was used so elegantly in classic Moderne architecture. TransParency™ maximises light and visibility in spaces, and has been specified by leading architects such as Zaha Hadid Architects, OMA, UN Studio and Erick van Egeraat.
Because of their true transparency, TransParency™ balustrades do not clutter views across sales spaces, or compromise the effects of lighting schemes designed to highlight products and create specific atmospheres.
In home interiors TransParency™ balustrades are an excellent choice in interiors which are Modernist or avant garde in style, or where the designer or home-owner wants to display the other stair and room materials as clearly as possible. An excellent example is the sinuous TransParency™ balustrade in the double-curved stair and balcony at the Le Toison d’Or apartment building in Brussels, designed by UN Studio.
And in commercial contexts, TransParency™ balustrades have been used in car showrooms, shopping centres, visitor centres, and tech innovation parks.
The toughened structural glass and secure tracking used for TransParency™ balustrades means that it can be used for the edges of balconies and stairwells. The most dramatic example is the slanted and curved TransParency™ balustrades around the open-air stairwell at the Havenhuis, Antwerp, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
Yes, the toughened glass sits securely in steel or aluminium tracks and has a structural rating which meets or exceeds quality and performance standards in Europe, the UK, and the US. The balustrades are made in factory-controlled conditions and fitted by EeStairs installers.
The system was designed for both straight and curved stairs. But the most aesthetically impressive uses for TransParency™ is usually in curved stairs or landings – the pure curve of the glass and the precise line at the top edge of the balustrade are extremely satisfying.
That’s exactly what EeStairs created TransParency™ for – to increase the design options for our feature staircases, which are all bespoke and non-standard.