Situated in the peaceful surroundings of Hollandscheveld, Hoogeveen, Netherlands, near to the border of Germany sits an impressive building that’s home to 22 spacious residential apartments. Each apartment features an external area with balcony that combines effortlessly with the building envelope to create a sleek, unadorned structure.
Central to the success of the building design, with its clean lines and understated appeal is the frameless glass balustrading. It provides a safe and secure barrier to each balcony area whilst subtly unifying the façade of the building.
A total of 150 metres of frameless glass balustrading system from OnLevel was designed and installed in the external balcony areas of each apartment, maximising light throughout and providing unobscured views across Hollandscheveld.
The surface mounted TL-60 base channel was chosen due to its slim design and excellent load bearing ability – accommodating forces up to 3kN. It was specified in RAL Colour with a 2-layer coating, with handrails to match. The channels were mounted onto steel with anchors every 200mm.
Glass was fitted into the TL-60 profile using Flex-Fit, Flex-Fit is OnLevel’s innovative system for adjusting glass plates. With this system it was possible to adjust each individual glass plate up to 40 millimetres towards the perpendicular line. It was the perfect solution for safe alignment of the balconies glass balustrades. With just a simple sliding movement the installer was able to precisely position glass and reduce the assembly time by some 30%.
In addition, Flex-Fit is safer than traditional glass balustrade fixing solutions which often require you to work from both the balcony side and the void side. Flex-Fit was fully operated from the balcony side. Not only is it safer, rental costs for scaffolding or a cherry picker are eliminated!
OnLevel’s handrail was also specified within the balustrade installation in a 60.3mm diameter, offering a stylish and practical feature. Stainless steel was the material of choice which offered clinical aesthetics, high strength, a high resistance to corrosion, excellent hygienic properties, and finally its ease of fabrication for the installer.
Gary Dean, CEO of OnLevel, commented, “We’re really proud of this project, the glass balustrading looks fantastic and plays a large part in the overall aesthetic appeal of the building. Safety is paramount with any installation and it was certainly the case with this project, the apartments are home to people at all stages of life, and have been designed for people with care needs.”
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