Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, FL
Clear textured glass. Architectural glass. Obscure glass. Patterned glass. They are all different phrases with the same meaning. Glass with a textured surface that allows for more privacy while offering quality light transmission—and easily laminated for added safety, UV, and acoustical benefits.
The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne project is an excellent example of how designers, decorators, and architects can utilize a single textured pattern glass for different applications while still offering variation and maintaining a consistent design theme.
Using our 5/32” thick Thin Reed pattern glass as the foundational product, this glass was utilized three different ways within the bar and dining area.
1. Pattern Glass for Light Diffusion and Design Accents
For the floating overhead island above the bar, over 60 triangles were cut by hand to ensure the Thin Reed pattern was vertically oriented. It was like a giant puzzle fitting each piece into the framing, with the result appearing to be one solid, wrap-around, uniform feature.
2. Obscure Glass for Privacy, Acoustics and Light
A portion of the dining area was positioned adjacent to a busy hallway. Instead of completely closing off the seating area with a solid wall, the designers and architects included a fixed glass partition. The glass partition was comprised of two pieces of 5/32” thick Thin Reed pattern glass laminated together with an EVA interlayer. The laminated configuration allows light to pass through, providing patrons the feeling of more space, while also dampening the sound transmission by as much as 10 decibals.
3. Textured Glass for Privacy, Safety & Convenience
The last application incorporated the same 5/32” thick Thin Reed pattern glass, again in laminated form, for the entrance doors into the restaurant. The use of pattern glass provides separation between different spaces without feeling completely closed off. The opaque nature of textured glass also helps patrons to see if someone else is entering/exiting at the same time. And since the glass panels are laminated, in the event of an accident, glass pieces will remain adhered to the EVA interlayer for added safety.