Bent and Curved Glass collaborated with Webber Architects and Ledbury Blatchford Constructions on a unique stair design that rose through three levels of an award-winning residential project in Merewether, a beachside suburb of Newcastle.

The stair takes on a dramatic sculptural form with the glass allowing for a lightness and transparency that highlights the solid twisting central balustrade and stringer elements.

The residential project won the Master Builders Association Newcastle award for Excellence in Building as well as the Lower Hunter Urban Design People’s Choice Award, and was nominated in the Australian Institute of Architects Newcastle Chapter Awards. The design expression and craftsmanship of the stair together with the creative use of frameless glass contributed in no small measure to the overall success of the project.

One of the more recent developments in glass manufacture is the use of toughened structural laminated glass to facilitate fully frameless balustrade systems without the need for a toprail or handrail. Incorporating a structural interlayer, this engineered glass solution allows a seamless, virtually invisible balustrade without compromising safety, function or performance while providing uninterrupted views and a spatial experience.

The conceal fixed fully frameless glass balustrade to the upper level void on this project provides a fine example of the benefits of this type of glass.

Providing innovative custom glass solutions for a wide variety of residential and commercial applications for over 35 years, Bent and Curved Glass offers a range of structural glass products including frameless glass stair treads, pool wet edges and viewing windows and floor panels.