Archive | September, 2012

Blast resistance comes as standard with ESG Secure Range

21 Sep

Committed to creating spaces with a sense of security without a siege mentality, ESG’s security glass range now affords blast protection, in accordance with ISO Standard 16933:2007. ESG Secure™ EN356, LPCB approved LPS 1270, and ESG Ballistic BN 1063 now offer protection against explosions in close proximity to a building.

This development is particularly relevant for architects, designers and specifiers, responsible for Government buildings, banks, railway stations, leisure complexes, and private companies at risk.

ESG Security Blast Glass™ can be combined with a broad range of technical glass products. This includes the option of interlaying the glass with CERTIFIRE rated, sound attenuated, or LCD switchable privacy glass. By answering as many design challenges as possible in one pane, ESG hope to guide their customers through the specification process with ease.

The introduction of the new blast resistant glass echoes RIBA’s point in its document ‘Designing for Counter-Terrorism’ that states ‘the earlier that security and counter-terrorism requirements are considered, the more effective, and economic, the final design will be’.

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New lighting concept for retailers developed using ESG Switchable Privacy Glass

10 Sep

The consumer’s retail shopping experience could change radically in the coming years following an intriguing new lighting concept developed by SEEDA award-winning artist Esther Rolinson.

‘MELT’ is a work developed with and constructed by Creative Technologist, John Nussey, based on the idea of an architectural or landscape structure that can be reconfigured depending on its location.

Whilst the 1.25 metre square ‘MELT’ prototype is a sculptural work in its own right, the long term objective of the project is to revolutionise the way in which retailers directly influence the mode in which consumers would travel around their store by altering specific pathways of light.

The work has been directed with the goal of achieving specific effects for creating new art works and is expected to heavily influence digitally sensitive works for the retail environment. Designed using digitally responsive glass that can be illuminated with LEDs, at full scale (2.5 metre) ‘MELT’ is capable of manipulating natural and artificial light in response to people within its structure.

Composed of 25 panels of ESG Polyvision™ privacy glass panels, the prototype is held in place by a wooden base and each panel is illuminated externally. Each pane of glass can then be individually-switched from opaque to transparent and as a group they can be programmed to respond in sequence to a light sensor.

The programming concept is an investigation of organic movement patterns that people learn and understand inherently. Whether it’s diminishing ripples, repetitive waves, these are all designed to improve people’s receptiveness in a similar vein to Cellular Automata.

An example could be that the presence of a small number of people in a room stimulates changes of opacity, but if there are too many then the area becomes overpopulated, causing the activity to rapidly diminish, encouraging people to keep circulating in the same way that the automata behaves – such as the flow of a retail store or shopping centre.

This form of experimentation with architectural geometries is capable of altering the experience of internal structure and exterior environment, with the aim of creating a sensory tension between the viewer and the glass/light surface.

Rolinson’s vision has been funded by Arts Council England and sponsored by glass manufacturers Essex Safety Glass (ESG), whom endorse the development of sensitising spaces and structures and currently have exclusive UK distribution rights of Polyvision™ which works using a minute electrical current to switch glass from clear to opaque.

In its unpowered state, the glass panels are opaque but by applying an AC current it is possible to reduce their opacity, making them more transparent and achieving the aim of refining the relationship between viewer and environment.

Rolinson said: “MELT is a catalyst for a continued dialogue focusing on the development of art works and designs that feed into the development of glass and digital technology.

“We are already exploring the sensory and control systems in more depth with support from ESG. The potential for altering a customer’s behaviour in response to their surroundings is quite far-reaching.”

Rolinson participated at the Designing Interactive Systems 2012 Conference workshop on Interactive Lighting Design, contributing examples of the technology and conceptual process used in the development of MELT, with specific interest in their use of art as a medium for pushing technological boundaries

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