Glass Wall Systems: Optimizing Space Without Putting Up Barriers


By allowing natural light to pass through, glass wall systems provide a refreshing openness as they divide a space. Whether you’re looking to create a welcoming environment in a corporate, retail, hospitality, or entertainment space, glass walls add a touch of elegance. They transcend the limitations of fixed solid walls—opening up nearly limitless possibilities and multiplying your options when designing a space.

For example, DORMA’s HSW Horizontal Sliding Wall Systems and FSW Folding Sliding Wall Systems make ideal solutions in applications where division—without blocking light—is needed. These solutions eliminate the limitations of fixed solid walls and are easily repurposed. Whether separating the ATM area from the branch in a bank or being used in an auto showroom to allow cars to be easily transitioned inside or serving as an interior mall front, the HSW and FSW are available in a variety of configurations to meet whatever your design and functional objectives might be.

Glass Wall System Configurations:HSW-G_Office1

  • Framed or frameless
  • Sliding or folding
  • Point fittings or rails
  • Interior or exterior

Glass Wall Customization Options:

  • Glass type (standard tempered glass, insulated glass, laminated glass, and panels)
  • Glass thickness up to ¾” (19mm)
  • Shades of glass (clear, bronze, gray, decorated, and low-iron glass)
  • Standard or custom finishes (such as clear anodized, stainless steel, bronze, brass, and even wood)
  • Wall height

All DORMA horizontal glass wall systems offer a system design focused on detail and sturdy construction for reliability, versatility, and ease of use. Tracks can be arranged in various configurations, and sliding panels can be moved without floor guides or channels. Bolts and locks securely keep each panel in position when closed. Users can easily align, adjust, and operate panels whenever they need to.

Best of all, glass wall systems work well in a variety of exterior and interior applications including:

  • RestaurantsHSW-G-Office2
  • Retail stores
  • Sports venues
  • Educational institutions
  • Hotels
  • Offices
  • Religious buildings
  • Homes

In applications requiring LEED certification, DORMA glass wall systems can also contribute to a building achieving the credits it needs in the categories of EA Credit 1.1 Optimize Energy Performance, MR Credit 1.3 Building Reuse, MR Credit 3.1/3.2 Material Reuse, MR Credit 4.1/5.2 Regional Materials, and EQ Credit 8.3 Daylight and Views.

If you’re facing a design challenge that calls for dividing space without putting up solid barriers, consider the flexibility and transparency of glass wall systems. Contact us to learn more. We can help you determine the best solution to accomplish your most demanding functional and design requirements.