Our client needed help with the construction of an outdoor bar for an upscale beach resort. His vision included a glass, boat-shaped bar nestled in a sea of glass waves. He wanted the “boat” designed so that bartenders could easily stand and work inside the structure. He also wanted the bar lit from the inside so all sides of the “boat” would be illuminated.
Taking into consideration thickness, safety, and design, we created a number of sample pieces. We knew the glass had to be structurally sound yet translucent. From the sample stage, we fabricated a mold with a wave-like texture and created twenty-two individual pieces of green glass, each measuring 28″ x 36″ and 2.4″ thick. The pieces were mitered to fit the boat radius seamlessly and then pieced together inside a 24-foot metal frame that was designed to hold the glass boat and the matching glass countertop.
The bar was assembled at the Glassworks studio for a test run and then disassembled for shipment. Once installed at its final location, the “boat” created an ideal working space for the resort’s staff as well as a compelling centerpiece for the resort’s guests. The result was so stunning, the client asked us to use the same glass to create matching directional signs to be used throughout the resort area.