HDI’s Optik Shoe system ends Google’s search for a floating glass design.Google
Recognized for its open and retro-futuristic design, the Google Sunnyvale, CA corporate building is almost as iconic as the company logo itself. When the world’s biggest search engine needed a balustrade system to complement the chic Silicon Valley space, the answer was clear.
HDI’s Optik™ Shoe system satisfied Google’s requirement for a minimalist, all-glass balustrade design to match the company’s vision of a bright, modern, and open space in their newest California corporate headquarters. Each of the floors, at various levels, surrounding the stairwell are designated as communal areas with meeting facilities, refreshments, rest areas and a library thereby capitalizing on the natural flow of people throughout the building whilst providing convenient spaces adjacent to work areas.
Floating Glass Solution
To give the illusion of glass rising from the floor, HDI engineered a hybrid of their popular Optik Shoe product. With all attachment hardware hidden from view, the HDI Optik Shoe system provides a continuous, elegant track to support the glass.
Optik Shoe provides an unobtrusive look by giving the appearance of a floating glass system. A stainless steel covered channel supports glass panels that are secured in place using a patented disc lock system. This innovative locking device allows all the panels to be aligned with one another, ensuring a continuous flat plane surface along the glass for a clean uninterrupted look.
Laminated 15mm glass was chosen as the infill material at Google’s headquarters. A custom cap-rail design continues the flowing glass design. Minimized to 25 mm by 25 mm, the cap meets international safety requirements and edge protection without disrupting the infill’s continuous plane appeal. High quality 304 grade stainless steel was used with a 240 grain finish.
Installed recently by HDI’s division in the USA, Google’s railing solution provides a sleek and secure railing system built to support a center bustling with forward-thinking ideas. The ambitious, transparent Sunnyvale design is the perfect accompaniment to a company whose visibility extends far beyond its physical location.