Glass Structures were selected to provide and install a range of bespoke glass and steel for the Louis Vuitton flagship store in New Bond Street, London.
They provided; a frameless glass balustrade, frameless internal screens, frameless shopfronts, mirrors, rooflights, architectural metalwork, canopies, shelving, display cabinets and tabletops.
After working with the architect at the planning stage and design stage, Glass Structures began working on this large project.
Glass Structures attended a meeting following the demolition of the old shop to understand the requirements, and to liaise with the builders in order to prepare for the installation process, working towards challenging program dates which would result in overnight manufacturing.
For the large structural glass roof, they designed a ‘tin hat’ scaffold over the roof, incorporating an automatic hoist which were able to lift the 5.5m roof panels up through the atrium and outside the building, lowering them into position on their steel frame.
For the frameless balustrade, they did structural calculations for the glass and existing groundwork to ensure the safety of the staff and the public. With the glass weighing up to 800kg and being 39mm thick, it was essential that the work was completed to the highest standard.
The mirrors that were installed were 5.3 in height and 2.3m in width and without the capabilities of toughening the 6mm glass, safety was of the utmost importance.
The installation team had to bring the mirrors into the building horizontally and use their glass lifting machine to move the glass into the required position, 3m in the air above a door walkway.
These couldn’t be measured until the day before the handover, so they were manufactured overnight and installed them before the grand opening.
Despite various challenges that occurred, Glass Structures successfully supplied and installed their bespoke range of products to the flagship store, creating a visually pleasing and practical finish.