March 4, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 9
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Bar made entirely out of glass uses lights for striking look
“According to Think Glass President Bertrand Charest, Tribe’s bars are the most beautiful the company has built so far … because of their distinctive texture and also because the glass elements used for the Tribe’s bars are thicker than those used in previous projects.”
—Julie Payette, associate, Volume2, Montreal

The basics: For a striking, high-end look, the designer of The Tribe Hyperclub in Montreal decided on a stunning combination of glass and lights. The club features four bars made entirely of glass, in addition to two large glass panel walls forming a corridor leading to the bathrooms on the club’s second floor. The bars and walls are illuminated from within with an integrated color-changing lens, giving the effect of translucent luminous ice.
The players: Designer, Paolo Viera, Paolo Viera Design, Montreal; glass fabricator, manufacturer and glazier, Think Glass, Quebec, Canada.
The glass and systems: Two-inch thick Strata glass with textured, ice-like surfaces. The bars were built using the “cast glass” semi-industrial process, each part produced at the factory. Once shipped to the club, the parts were assembled on the spot and glued. The counters of each bar were installed by laying the glass sheets on a stainless steel plate. Despite the size of the parts and the complexity of the lighting system, installation took only a couple days to complete.

Photo courtesy of Pierre Belanger.

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