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On 30 July 2016, Line 4 of the Rio de Janeiro metro was completed, ready for the Olympic Games taking place in August of that year. Q-railing were proud to supply an impressive 3,500 metres of glass railing for installation throughout the 6 new stations. The designers selected Easy Glass Slim – one of the most popular glass railing systems from Q-railing. Now that the games are over, and the visitors have all gone home, the city continues to benefit from the safety and stylish good looks of Q-railing’s exceptional railing systems.
With 6.32 million inhabitants, Rio is the second-largest city in Brazil, and one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. The inevitable congestion makes getting around the city by car or bus a time-consuming business. It is not a new problem. As early as the 1960s, traffic jams and smog were becoming a serious issue, and the decision was taken to develop a metro network. The system was officially inaugurated in 1979, and, over the years, expanded considerably. There are now 3 lines (1, 2 and 4), covering a total of 62.2 kilometres.
Space and accessibility
Q-railing were delighted to be selected as the railing systems supplier for Line 4. This ambitious extension added 16 kilometres of track to the network, stretching from Barra da Tijuca in the West Zone all the way down to iconic Ipanema. When project architects Rio Trilhos developed their concept for the line’s 6 new stations, they focused on providing accessibility and a sense of space. As a result, each of the finished buildings has well-lit, marble-paved halls and walkways. Their staircases and surrounding areas also benefit from ultra-safe glass railings with stainless-steel handrails, supplied by Q-railing.
A railing system for public spaces
Q-railing was seen as the balustrade brand of choice due to its strong track record of supplying railing systems for public spaces in Brazil. The Maracanã Stadium and Arena Amazônia are 2 particularly prestigious examples. The Line 4 project presented similar accessibility and visibility challenges. Serplac Rio were responsible for installing 3,500 metres of Easy Glass Slim glass balustrade, topped with stainless-steel cap rails. The system’s large areas of uninterrupted glass help to deliver the architects’ vision of light and openness. As an accessibility feature, Serplac also installed 3,500 metres of stainless-steel handrail halfway up the glass infills. To achieve this, glass-mounted MOD 0148 handrail brackets from Q-railing’s Q-line range were used.