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|Railing type||Glass railings|
|Line/Series||Easy Glass Pro|
In the summer of 2017, a stunning construction project was completed in Stavanger, Norway. The Archive House is the above-ground part of an extensive underground storage facility, and houses state-of-the art office space. The light, ultra-modern interior is arranged around an atrium with an open staircase on one side. We were commissioned to provide glass stair railings for this striking architectural feature using the Easy Glass Pro system. In addition, we created glass banisters for other locations on the building’s upper floors.
Situated at the heart of the city’s Ullandhaug Innovation Park, the Archive House covers 15,000 square metres, spread over 2 storeys. But that is just the half of it – literally! Underground, it has almost the same amount of space for storing the historical archives of the surrounding region.
Architects LUND+SLAATTO made an appropriately unique architectural statement when they designed this special building. The facade is a beguiling combination of slanting and vertical wooden sections, punctuated by floor-to-ceiling windows. Some people say the effect is reminiscent of origami. Inside, a spacious glass atrium brings daylight into the surrounding offices and provides an impressive meeting place.
Near-invisible glass stair railing
The building’s main staircase ascends one side of the atrium. A lightweight and open structure, it is edged by a high-grade glass stair railing from Q-railing. Created using the Easy Glass Pro system, the railing features large areas of uninterrupted glass. This made a major contribution to the sense of light and space in the atrium because of the prominence of the feature staircase.
The primary purpose of the glass stair railing is, of course, safety. LUND+SLAATTO were drawn to Easy Glass Pro’s combination of frameless minimalism and extreme toughness - tested and certified by trusted authorities. For added personal safety, the railing on the staircase at the House of Archives was finished with wooden handrails.
Working with Easy Glass Pro
We joined the project at an early stage, initially to provide the contractor and architect with product documentation and a solution recommendation.
The recommended system, Easy Glass Pro, proved quick and easy to install. It includes a special base shoe that allows for fine adjustment of each glass panel’s position. This operation that takes place inside the railing, removing the need for scaffolding. Conveniently, installation requires no bolt or screw tightening and no special tools. Trappeteknikk AS, the project installer, mounted a total of 800 metres of glass stair railing as well as additional glass banisters on the upper floors.