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In 2016, 2 delightful holiday homes were built in the beautiful surroundings of Hemavan, Lapland, northern Sweden. As typical examples of Scandinavian design and construction, they make extensive use of natural materials. But, in an exciting contrast, their balcony railings have a contemporary, minimalist feel, thanks to Q-railing’s Easy Glass Hybrid glass balustrade system.
The railing solution developed for the project seeks to maximise the area of uninterrupted glass. And even though at Hemavan, supporting posts were added for additional strength, they are so slim they scarcely affect the view.
If you think of Scandinavian architecture, you think of wood. In fact, more than half of the houses in Sweden have wooden structures. This includes the holiday homes at Hemavan designed by architect Tage Isaksson.
The identical 2-storey structures are located on a hillside with majestic forests and mountains all around. Full-length windows on the first floor look out over this beautiful scene. Because the windows open onto balconies, it was essential to install high-transparency railings, ensuring that nothing interrupts the view.
Architect Tage Isaksson identified Easy Glass Hybrid as the best means of creating a glass balustrade with maximum transparency. The base shoe is not only slender and low, and with posts and connectors powder coated in light grey, the system has a stylish, contemporary look.
Svenska Norrbygg AB installed 30 metres of glass balustrade on the 2 balconies. The process was straightforward thanks to some ingenious features of the Easy Glass Hybrid system. Securing the base shoes required plugs and screws only. In addition, the system’s safety inlays made for quick and easy mounting of the glass infills.