Pilkington products were extensively used in the major refurbishment project of the glamourous Park Hotel Imperial, located in Limone on the shore of Lake Garda, Italy.
The hotel features glass elements extensively, inside and out. Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron, extra clear glass and Pilkington Mirropane™ Chrome Plus toughenable mirror products were chosen for the re-model.
The hotel makes use of glass in the balustrades on the balconies, making up a significant portion of the building’s envelope, as well as in many rooms to screen the bathroom from the main living quarters.
By using Pilkington Optiwhite™, the features instead have an almost colourless appearance, lending a cleaner and more contemporary feel to the design.
Externally, the balcony glazing is screen printed with a white fade, lending a key design element as well as delivering the right combination of stunning views and privacy for residents. The low-iron glass ensured the white colour of the paint applied to the glass shines out to maximum effect.
Elsewhere in the design, Pilkington Mirropane™ Chrome Plus, a toughenable mirror product, was used to integrate mirrored elements. In many suites the product was etched with leaf and branch motifs and mounted as wall art, backed by a white panel that shows through to create a striking white-on-mirror effect.
In the bathrooms, mirrored shower doors offer privacy to guests while also serving as a full-length mirror.
Because the product can be toughened, significantly increasing its strength, the metal hinges and handles could be fixed directly to the glass, allowing a frameless minimalist look.
The mirrors above the sink are also created using the same material allowing seamless integration with the other glazed elements. Again, the glass was toughened throughout to prevent breakages and protect the safety of the hotel’s users.
Pilkington Mirropane™ Chrome Plus also boasts a corrosion-resistant coating, making it ideal for use in a bathroom by helping to prevent the mirror being damaged by frequent exposure to humidity.