The ‘glass house’ design is trending in the commercial office interiors segment with the appeal of this style attributed to the open expansive feel and clean minimalist look.

From a layout perspective, the glass house design offers the best of both worlds, giving the sense of an open office while still providing adequate partitioning and sound control. Clever design techniques and installation methods can lend a sense of spaciousness even to compact spaces. As for the aesthetics, the smooth transparency of glass allows for the creation of an elegant, modernist appearance.

The rise of black aluminium framing

Black aluminium framing is taking over from the conventional butt-jointed look, which has been popular for glass partitioning in offices. The frameless butt-jointed look is achieved by joining separate panes of glass with a transparent silicone sealant.

However, butt joints are going out of style and getting replaced by black aluminium framing, suggesting that contemporary tastes are moving away from a frameless quality towards a more structured look.

Glass partitions with black aluminium framing are reminiscent of traditional Japanese architecture, specifically Shoji screens, which are used to partition large open spaces in Japanese homes and feature a symmetrical appearance that is at once both modern and timeless.

Case Study: Beulah International

Beulah International, a property development firm based in central Melbourne, recently completed a renovation of its office space. Construction project overseers Kovstruct used the Platinum 90 partitioning suite from Criterion Industries to create the clean, modern and open office look desired by the company, with meeting rooms and workspaces clearly delineated but not sealed off from the rest of the office.

The black-framed theme of the glass partitions continues throughout the design of the entire office, echoed in details such as black wire-framed lampshades; a shelf-grid partition containing pot-plants; and coffee tables constructed of glass and black iron, intended to resemble a rectangular prism. The overall effect is one of order, modernity and well-organised space.