Have you ever heard of nanoglass? For those who don’t know, it is a synthetic material produced from glass powder, subjected to a nanotechnological process that results in a uniform material. “The main characteristics that differentiate nanoglass from other surfaces are the vitrified and mirrored appearance of the material’s surface and its super white color”, points out the architect Sabrina Salles (@sabrina_salles).
According to the professional, the nanotechnology used in the production of the material produces a surface with low porosity, which makes it not stain easily. However, it is more sensitive to high temperatures. It is common to hear people say that you cannot place hot pans on nanoglass, as there is a risk of cracking and, unlike other materials, it is not possible to repair the surface individually.
However, Sabrina warns that this condition is directly related to manufacturing and installation, requiring the use of suitable products and specialized labor to ensure a more resistant material.
Nanoglass is a versatile material that can be used in many ways. Find out below some ways to apply it and its use in projects.
1. Sculpted sink
One of the bathrooms in this apartment, designed by the architect Ana Sawaia (@anasawaia), was coated with the same materials, both on the floor and on the walls of the environment, giving a feeling of spaciousness. The inserts are made of graphite-coloured hexagonal ceramics. The sink was carved from nanoglass.
2. Bathroom bench
The architect Sarkis Semerdjianfrom office Pascal Semerdjian (@pacalisemerdji), was responsible for the renovation project of this 165 m² apartment. With light colors, the bathroom has a nanoglass countertop with overlapping sinks.
In the same project, Pascali also created a bathtub with the material. The glass door folds to the side, integrating the bathtub into the intimate room.
4. Bathroom niche
This 220 m² apartment in São Paulo has undergone a small renovation and has been completely decorated by the interior designer Patricia KolanianPasquini (@patriciapasquinidesiger). In a more classic approach, the box with a marbled wall has a built-in nanoglass niche.
5. Kitchen bench
The office NOP Architecture (@nop_arquitetura) signs this project, proving that even respecting the original plan, it is possible to bring the identity of the residents to a rented apartment. In the gourmet area, the nude joinery gained a pure white nanoglass countertop.
6. Dining table
The living room and kitchen come together in an organized way in the architects’ project Natalia Pimentel Villela and Victoria Santos Perdigãofrom office Two Bedroom Architecture. The table with a nanoglass top delimits the environments and serves as a support for the joinery and metalwork shelving (2.35 x 0.90 x 0.45 m), which serves both areas.
This project, orchestrated by the architect Vivian Coser, is marked by the light tones, base of this 402 m² apartment, in Vitória, Espírito Santo. Nanoglass flooring was used throughout the social area, kitchen and cellar. Vivian explains that this material has almost zero porosity and is a good option for apartments and beach houses.