Most innovative decorative glass project, commercial interior
Photos by Mike Butler Architectural Photography, www.mike-butler.com.
Fabricated by NGI Designer Glass, the lobby doors and bracelet walls of the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort's grand hallway and ballroom incorporate 3D antique mirror pieces made to exacting tolerances. NGI created a total of 20 bracelet walls for the project: 12 in the grand hallway and eight in the ballroom. Each of the mirror pieces was mitered, polished and hand-mounted on a 3D substrate of fire-proofed MDF bolted to a metal backing. The fabricator worked hand in hand with Precision Custom Metals Inc. on the doors.
“There were more than 2,000 pieces involved [in the project] using seven different modules, with no repeating pattern in any of the walls,” says Victor Trnavskis, president, NGI Designer Glass. “Two walls in the grand hallway were repeated, but their design was turned upside down to accommodate the two oversize functional doors that were part of the wall but hidden from view,” he explains.
Each module has a 1 ½-inch, CNC-mitered MDF back piece that is fire resistant and covered in a special expansionresistant coating. NGI mitered all five pieces of custom antique mirror to fit overtop the MDF modules and hand assembled each module, with the final top piece hand-fitted onsite.
“At the last minute—even after the contract was released—the contractors wanted a 1/32-inch tolerance on all joints, which is unheard of and very tricky to achieve,” Trnavskis says. “If even one piece is out by a 1/16 inch … all of the other pieces on the wall have to be adjusted. So each piece was hand-fitted by NGI onsite for the end result.”
In addition to the lobby doors and bracelet walls, NGI Designer Glass provided custom antique mirrors for the resort’s elevators, reception desk and wine bar. The project was designed by Yabu Pushelberg and handled out of the firm’s New York office.