Backpainted Glass Draws All Eyes on Interior Applications

When architects and designers want to make their interior projects standout, backpainted glass is a popular choice. Commonly used in wall panels, backsplashes and even countertops, colorful backpainted glass can be used to create a space that’s both functional and attractive. Take a look at just a few recent stand-out projects.

Colorful in Calgary

Backpainted glass wall cladding in a range of colors including purple, red, orange, blue and yellow, was used in the new Apache Corporation regional headquarters in Calgary. The project was designed by Gensler Dallas, and creates a space that brings both aesthetics and functionality. The project also features the work of two Calgary-based companies: Goldray Industries, which fabricated the backpainted glass and Bennett Glass, which served as the contract glazier.

According to Lisa Maragh, engagement specialist with Goldray, the interior design project was the culmination of a complex consolidation, relocation and rebranding effort for Apache Corporation, and was primarily aimed at attracting the industry’s best professionals. Planning each floor with an open feel, fronting offices in full glass,
and using different colored backpainted glass wall panels on each floor helped increase the amount of daylight and improve wayfinding within the space.

Bright Blue in Minneapolis

Located in Minneapolis, the interior of the Wings Financial Credit Union headquarters features a colorful backpainted glass installation. The firm wanted to create a highly-branded corporate experience and developed architectural drawings for a floating, all-glass elevator vestibule installment. Creating the wrap-a-round, seamless and floating aesthetic required a high-degree of technicality, from fabrication to installation, according to the company.

Key to the project is the branded blue color that was backpainted onto the glass. Minneapolis Glass Co. fabricated and installed the backpainted glass using a laminated, low iron glass. The project features 45-degree miter precision joints and Z-clip and stand-off mounts.

Primary Hues in Dallas

Colorbak backpainted glass by M3 Glass Technologies based in Irving, Texas, was used in the Episcopal School of Dallas, which features open-concept, bright and colorful surroundings for learning. The school chose to incorporate backpainted glass in four bright colors as a design element that would be attractive, durable and functional. The floor-to-ceiling application reflects the natural light from the windows, and can also be used as an easy-to-clean writing surface.

The Starphire glass panels averaged 50 square feet each, and some of them included cut-outs for clocks, switches and plugs. For safety in handling and installation, M3 Glass Technologies and the contract glazier Armetco Systems of Justin, Texas, decided to use 5/16-inch thick tempered Starphire glass. M3’s Colorbak paint in green, blue, yellow and white ties the various rooms together and coordinates with the rest of the school’s décor.

Hello, Yellow in Atlanta

The Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center is located directly next to State Farm Arena, the Georgia World Congress Center, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It is undergoing a renovation to the south tower, with completion expected late in 2020. Included in the project, is the Top Draft Sports Bar, which is getting a colorful glass addition.

ArtVue Glass located in Sarasota, Fla., worked with Mesh, a millwork fabrication firm based in St. Petersburg, Fla., to supply bright yellow backpainted glass with polished edges for the wall-cladding behind the bar area.

The project consists of ten panels totaling 366 square feet of ¼-inch, low iron, tempered backpainted glass with polished edges. Six panels were 69 by 106 inches and four panels were 69 by 32 inches.

“We work with all of our customers to understand their finished application so we can produce a final product that meets their needs the first time,” says John Tagle, president of ArtVue Glass. “Consistent color quality, panel tolerancing, and quick turnaround time were important factors on this project. Since all the panels were being installed adjacent to each other, we made sure to prepare a single batch of paint for all the panels. Also, the panels had to fit together without any gaps, so we held the panel size tolerancing to +/- 1/32 inch.”

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