Brombach + Gess explains how its lightweight glass solutions boost sea views and allow passengers to feel closer to the sea
Marine glass bonding specialist Brombach + Gess has launched frameless glass facades and other glass constructions that “create a feeling of an infinite view into the sky and allow passengers to hover above the water”.
Its recently launched lightweight panorama glass sliding roof is particularly suitable for weather-independent use of pool and other public areas. It is made of a composite material which considers essential functional requirements such as weight, simple maintenance and an architecturally light appearance.
The composite materials are not vulnerable to corrosion and have better resistance to fatigue.
The company says that, compared to an aluminium roof, a 43% weight saving can be achieved, giving a net reduction of 20.1 tonnes.
Brombach + Gess marine glazing marketing & sales manager Christina Schanz says “A further innovative detail is the modern, semi-circular cross-work support structure and simple modular design. This supporting structure underlines the optical lightness of the roof. Thanks to the new design, the glass area is increased by 18% and results in a lighter and more aesthetically pleasing structure.”
Another of Brombach + Gess’ solutions is an extendable glass-floored balcony. The company delivered these to newbuilds Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration for cruise line Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – one each on the starboard and port sides of the ships.
Ms Schanz says “The passengers will be able to stand over the ocean with perfect views when watching whales, dolphins and the passing landscape.”
The scope of delivery of the balconies includes planning, construction, production and installation on site at Vard in Norway. The balconies measure 10 x 2 m and can carry 50 people. They can be hydraulically extended and retracted from the hull. During the journey, the balconies can remain extended when the waves are less than 1.6 m at 14 knots.
Another solution is the Loggia cabin window system. The new system comprises a floor-to ceiling glass window, and, says Ms Schanz, allows passengers to “feel free while they’re at sea”.
The floor-to ceiling glass window is divided horizontally into two panes. When closed, the window forms a flat facade, but with the touch of a button, the upper pane slides down in front of the lower one to create a loggia-style balcony with a moveable handrail. When the Loggia window is closed, there is a smooth and flat facade from the outside, which provides a great aesthetic look for the ship.
Ms Schanz sums up “Guests get an endless view of the passing landscapes and extra cabin space.”