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Winning curves Tight glass shaping made this contemporary stair balustrade achievable and affordable Glass can be curved and manipulated to suit a variety of architectural situations – but just how tight a curve can go has often been a limiting factor. However, with the right manufacturer, the options are greater. This spiral staircase – at the head office of leading Perth-based custom home builder Atrium Homes – is a good example of advanced glass manufacturing producing an ideal outcome for all concerned. The tricky stair project was measured by ErgoMeasure, and glass specialists Glasshape created the fitting panels accordingly. The final spectacular staircase was installed by Aristo Balustrades. Glasshape’s Bryn Williams explains why his firm made the difference. “The internal panels are as tight as we could bend 12mm glass – creating a dramatic 700mm radius. This is as tight as the industry can achieve,” he says. “Our depth of experience and manufacturing capabilities helped in other ways, too. Huge benefits were gained in economies of scale, by supplying 25 panels in just three different radii. This meant three set-up costs were spread across multiple panels, greatly reducing the cost per unit.“ For details, contact Glasshape, 3425 South 116th Street, Building 6 Suite 101, Seattle WA 98168. Tel: +(001) 206 538 5416, fax: +(001) 206 735 7585. Email info@, or alternatively visit the website: save & share 47641 at This page: Tight curves in the glass balustrade help make this sculptural staircase stand out. The 25 panels required were manufactured by Glasshape. search | save | share at