Glass Magazine Awards 2016: Glass Reimagined

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Bethany Stough
July 3, 2016

Most Innovative Decorative Glass Project: Interior

Convex Glass at Isono & Vasco Restaurants, Hong Kong, Nathan Allan Glass Studios,

Photo by Edmon Leong

Convex Glass, kiln-formed, textured decorative glass, created by and exclusive to Nathan Allan Glass Studios, beautifully flanks the Isono & Vasco Restaurants in Hong Kong. Using proprietary free-forming glass procedures, Convex Glass has a deep three-dimensional surface that provides a pleasing visual appeal, as well as a light distortion and shadowing effect.

“This dual combination creates a level of privacy for our clients, while allowing a high percentage of light to travel through the glass and illuminate the space,” says Barry Allan, director, Nathan Allan Glass Studios.

For the Isono & Vasco project, world-renowned interior designer Joyce Wang incorporated ten Convex Squares cast glass dividers into the design. Patrons dining on the top floor—Vasco Restaurant—are treated to an impressive three-dimensional glass walkway, while those below in Isono get the grand scope of the entire glass wall.

Wang layered radiating globes of light with metal and stone finishes, which blend seamlessly with the 3D texture of the Convex Squares panels to create a retro-futuristic look, according to Nathan Allan officials. The cast glass panels for this project are comprised of clear glass from PPG Industries, with the Convex Squares texture from Nathan Allan’s Freeform Series. Each glass panel measures 5 feet by 8 feet, and is constructed of 3/8-inch tempered safety glass, fabricated by Bronco Industries. The cast glass panels for this project are installed in stainless steel frames with glass cushions underneath the glass panels. The panels are adhered to the perimeter edges with silicone.

Lighting on both sides of the glass dividers enhances the three-dimensional texture of the glass.

“Our biggest challenge was producing a design which would fit into predetermined openings,” says Allan. “[We customized] the individual size of each Convex ‘cell,’ while also determining the specific textured gaps between each ‘cell.’ Nathan Allan also determined the width of the flat margins, which are produced on all four sides of each panel. The flat margins allow the edges of the glass to fit evenly into the perimeter channel, allowing for easy installation.”

Multiplex Construction served as the general contractor and installer for Isono & Vasco.

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