Great Glazing: Glass Partition at Leon’s Restaurant
The basics: Leon’s Restaurant in New Haven, Conn., features a bar/lounge glass partition as its centerpiece design element.
The first design challenge was creating the atmosphere of an open floor plan with three separate rooms—main dining room, private dining room and a bar/lounge room—while still providing plenty of natural daylight. The other challenge was designing a bar room next to a dining area; the State Liquor Commission requires limited access and visibility of a bar from any public dining area.
The solution was a custom glass partition system that provided an obscured view into the bar room.
The players: Architect, Edificio LLC Architecture and Design; metal fabricator, EWS 3-D Design & Fabrication; glass fabricator, U.S. Glass; glazing contractor, A&E Glass; general contractor, New England Woodworks; graphic designer, Patricia Halstead of Prestige Barkley Photographic Design; image printing, Dean Snellback of Joseph Merritt & Co.
The glass and systems: The partition utilized five 3 1/2-foot by 8-foot tempered glass panels set into a wood finished slotted base anchored to the floor. Each glass panel is on a slight angle to the next, forming a large curved radius 17 1/2-feet in length. A welded tubular aluminum frame outlines the glass panels and secures itself to adjacent structures. The individual glass panels are then secured together and fastened to the frame with a custom fabricated cushioned aluminum clamp. To connect and strengthen the middle area of each glass panel, a continuous horizontal aluminum drink rail trimmed in a wood edge was incorporated on the bar side and again secured to the glass by custom clamps.