New York, NY (PRWEB) December 30, 2013
Bendheim’s Houdini™ Glass earns the “Top Pick” distinction in the 2013 Product Reports competition, held annually by Architectural Record. In addition to winning a spot among the best new building products of the year, Houdini Glass is the judges’ favorite in the Materials category.
A jury of architects, designers, and product specialists reviewed products in 10 categories to determine the most outstanding entries. Houdini Glass earned its distinction and evocative name through the “magical vanishing act” produced by its obscuring surface pattern. The low-iron, ultra-clear glass lets in maximum light, while its fine, micro-ribbed surface obscures the shapes of people and objects behind it and reduces undesirable glare – a perfect daylighting material.
“Bendheim’s Houdini glass is a simple but beautiful way of creating separation. The panels maintain privacy while allowing light through, and the blurred view of activity can enliven what might otherwise be a standard, dull partition or divider,” said David Haakenson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, associate and project architect at H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture. Haakenson served as one of the judges for this year’s competition.
Houdini’s outstanding daylighting properties make it an ideal solution for any environment where privacy and natural light are vital, including hospitals, medical and dental offices, laboratories, schools and universities, retail stores, hotels and restaurants, corporate offices, and homes. The glass offers a budget-friendly alternative to expensive or cumbersome mechanical daylight and privacy controls, as well as dust-collecting curtains and blinds. Its contemporary linear pattern and durability make it a timeless, versatile design element. The naturally hygienic, non-porous glass surfaces easily withstand daily cleaning and sanitizing with most commercial cleaners, making Houdini Glass a great fit for high-traffic applications.
Architects and designers can specify Houdini Glass for walls, partitions, screens and enclosures, doors and windows, ceilings, and balustrades. Additional aesthetic options include Houdini Glass laminated to mirror, with colored interlayers, or color coated in a virtually unlimited palette. The mirrored Houdini Glass produces minimal reflections and disperses light to brighten interior spaces. For more information, please visit http://www.bendheimarchitecturalglass.com.
Homeowners can purchase cut-to-size, ready to install Houdini Glass inserts at http://www.bendheimcabinetglass.com.
Houdini Glass was also recently recognized as a 2013 Product Innovation Award (PIA) winner in Architectural Products magazine’s annual competition.