Unveiling 3 New Dichroic Glass Colors for Architecture

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Space-Travel-Inspired Architectural Glass Creates Vibrant Visual Aesthetics

We are introducing three new colorways – Jupiter, Neptune and Saturn – to our line of Optichroic® dichroic glass. The fresh color-shifting hues expand architects’ and interior designers’ material palette, providing new ways to create dynamic light and color effects.

Dichroic glass is innately interactive in nature. As the viewer’s angle to the glass changes, so does its color, giving Optichroic its kinetic iridescent characteristics.

NASA developed dichroic glass in the late 1950s to protect against the potentially harmful effects of direct sunlight and cosmic radiation. With its striking visual qualities, dichroic glass has found use in a variety of architectural applications – from stair railings to wall cladding.

Bendheim introduced large-format Optichroic dichroic glass to the architectural market in the early 2000s, and the new colors are the first since the product launch.

Optichroic® Dichroic Architectural Glass | Bendheim

Optichroic® dichroic architectural glass from Bendheim.

Since its introduction to the market, Optichroic has gained appeal due to its space-age aesthetic and versatility. We can tailor the glass with a wide range of finishes, textures and light-diffusing interlayers, creating a myriad of effects. Adding a matte finish, for example, can soften the shifting hues and lend an ephemeral quality – what one client referred to as “color without color.” Adding a sharp texture has the opposite effect, intensifying the color.

The adaptability of our Optichroic glass is reflected in the diversity of its applications. At the City University of New York Science Campus, for instance, our triple-laminated dichroic guardrails were custom curved to hug the contours of the six-story interior staircase. Their fine etched surfaces diffuse and soften the light and glass colors. They also resist fingerprints and stains – the perfect choice for this high-traffic area. At Google’s New York City office, clear dichroic glass exhibits high reflectivity and color. It was selected for its ability to capture and radiate the full spectrum of light.

W New York Times Square | Dichroic Architectural Glass DJ Booth

Bendheim’s Optichroic® laminated glass forms the attention-grabbing DJ booth at the W New York – Times Square Hotel lobby. Photo by Michael Kleinberg.

The new dichroic colors build on the products’ design flexibility. The glass is available in sizes up to 50″ x 120″ and thicknesses up to 3/4″. From subtle “color sans color” partitions to vibrant feature walls, Optichroic glass allows architects to specify the colorway and intensity that works for their unique project.

About Bendheim

Bendheim is one of the world’s foremost resources for specialty architectural glass. Founded in New York City in 1927, the fourth-generation, family-owned company offers a virtually unlimited range of in-stock and custom architectural glass varieties. Bendheim develops, fabricates, and distributes its products worldwide. The company maintains production facilities in New Jersey and an extensive showroom in New York City