Architectural Products

  • Contra Vision® XR Ceramic™

    screen printed glass for one-way vision privacy, solar control and decorative effects

  • Contra Vision® Printed Interlayers™

    for laminated glass provide additional design options

  • Printed window films

    offer a non-permanent solution to enhancing glass with Contra Vision® effects

Contra Vision has developed specialist and high quality printing techniques which enhance glass with one-way vision properties. From outside, Contra Vision architectural glass is coloured or decorative to enhance the appearance of buildings and provide privacy, solar control and manifestation. From inside, the external facing glass colour is invisible and the see-through is excellent.

Introduction

Traditional methods of manufacturing coloured glass result in a product which distorts the see-through experience for people inside buildings. This is acceptable in some situations but in working and living environments it can adversely impact on people's wellbeing.

Many modern buildings have a glass facade which is printed with white ceramic frit dots. The dots allow see-through from inside but the view appears milky and grey. With Contra Vision products the experience is significantly improved!

The secret of Contra Vision is being able to print a second layer of dots in "exact registration" over a first layer without any discernible overlap. This means the white or coloured dots are hidden from view on the inside by a black covering, which is much less noticeable to the eye. The black dots absorb rather than reflect light and are dominated by the view through the window.

Key benefits

  • Decorative and coloured glassincorporate colour and signature architectural features to building facades;
  • Solar control glass: reduce solar heat gain, glare, UV radiation and air conditioning costs inside buildings;
  • One-way vision privacy glass: hide the view into buildings;
  • Glass manifestation including a reduction in bird collisions; and
  • Screen for digital projections on the side of buildings when the glass is white.

Products and applications

Contra Vision architectural glass is available in three technologies:

Our products are used in building facades, curtain walls, internal partitions, signage, doors, and other areas of glass (see our applications page).

Exact registration printing of two layers of dots

Our exact registration printing (internationally patented) ensures there is no overlapping colour in the dots which is visible from the other side. Exact registration printing cannot be achieved with standard digital, digital ceramic and screen printing technologies. If the dots are not printed with exact registration then the outside window can appear dirty and the view from inside is blurred and disorientating.

Design options

The design possibilities are limitless with several variables to consider including:

  • Size of dots: we specialise in printing small dots around 1mm diameter but larger dot sizes can also be specified;
  • Transparency: the density of the dot pattern can be varied to give the desired level of solar control, privacy and see-through;
  • Colours: white is the most common option for building facades but a wide range of colours are possible including metallics;
  • Graphics: multiple colours, graphics and images can also be incorporated into the design;
  • Alternative print patterns: other print patterns including lines and hexagons can be chosen instead of dots for some Contra Vision printing technologies.

 

Architectural Case Studies