The use of glass as a structural and design element is becoming increasingly important in the yachting world. Through design and development stages, Viraver designers work hand-in-hand with marine architects and shipyards in order to correctly interpret a yacht’s design, and ensure all glass elements contribute to the design language in the most innovative way possible
Viraver has fitted high-performance gravity glass bending systems to create large curved surfaces. The new technology allows the creation of extreme curvatures while maintaining excellent quality and transparency, with dimensions up to 21.32ft x 10.17ft (6,50m x 3,10m).
Research and development form the foundation of the philosophy of continuous improvement followed by Viraver.
The company has invested in a plant able to create the world’s largest chemically strengthened plate glass available, at 26.4ft x 10.53ft (8m x 3,21m) – and offers new solutions for thickness reduction using testing required by international registries.
All this is achievable thanks to the technical approach and expertise applied to the processes of analysis, manufacturing and product testing which are wholly integrated in Viraver’s plant, guaranteeing maximum quality control
Turnkey Project Management
Turnkey project management means that Viraver offers its customers its support from the pre-desing phase, when details are far from defined, to the installation and if requested maintenance as well.
In this context, Turnkey Project Management is the totality of the project manages by one or more specialized personnel – Project Manager – dedicated to analyzing, designing, planning and completing the objectives of the project.
Viraver, true to its DNA, has developed its personal approach to Turnkey Project Management based on a model of activities which are shaped on the needs of the customer, a strong point for the development of innovative products.
For Refit, just like for a new project, it is advisable to rely completely on the Turnkey Management offered by Viraver. In so doing, such a complex project, can fully benefit from Viraver’s twenty year experience working closely with the project manager and the yard supporting with what we can pragmantically define as a “turnkey” service.
Refit today often means the complete overhaul of a yacht and this includes windows as well.
The replacement of windows on older boats requires competence and expertise. One of the challenges can be that technology used in the past is now obsolete and another can be that the project was from a different company.
In such cases, beside creating an adequate new window plan, it is necessary to effectively work together with the registries to present and get the approval for a new window plan.
The “Giga windows” are the protagonists of the functional design expressed by the glass in this Giga Yacht; a project that underlines “luminosity” in all its forms. 800 square meters of glass were produced, of which 27% with ViraFlame technology. To this a fundamental and non-trivial element was included in the project, that of fire-resistance, essential to all modern Super and Giga Yachts.
The quality of glass, its transparency, the large surfaces were all, objectively, possible design obstacles, but Viraver’s holistic approach was able offer a convincing solution with Viraflame, its fire protection system.
For this specific project, it’s not only glass to be the protagonist, but rather the entire innovative approach with which the fire protection system Viraflame was developed, which made it possible to achieve this incredible result.
Viraver pushed towards boundaries, today, still unexplored for the application of a security product compliant with the Fire Test Procedure Code issued by the IMO.
Viraflame’s unique and exclusive technology, revolutionizes the concept of fire rated windows.
The Viraflame fire protection system, does not use intumescent gel, allowing it to maintain its qualities of transparency even over time.
This is why the Viraflame fire protection system sets no obstacles to “Luminosity”.
With Viraflame fire protection system, a product specifically designed to meet a technical and structural need that had not yet been resolved, Viraver has raised, in this specific sector of safety, the standards known to date.
The absence of intumescent gel means that Viraflame can meet the transparency standards required by such an ambitious project and whose excellent result is self-explanatory.
In fact, Viraflame does not make use of intumescent gel but takes advantage of the design innovation relating to the frame, the type of fixing and the sequence of installation of the materials.
The classification obtained, in accordance with the FTP tests, is A0 (extendable to A30 with dedicated splinklers) and with a maximum size of the glass of 3m x 2m. The Viraflame system also complies with the Passenger Yacht Code – CISR requirements.
Viraver was required to develop new forms and study new proportions in order for glass to follow the elegant, modern and flowing design of some of the essential elements on board, and mostly on the command bridge.
Aligned lateral and front views for continuity.
In order to fit the totality of the glass surface of the wheelhouse windshield, Viraver developed a single piece of glass of approximately six metres with double curvature, offering for the first time front and lateral windows with no vertical pillars. The glass was also treated in order to reduce the perceived heat inside the yacht. The true challenge of the project was moving the limits by creating such large dimensions with a double curvature rendering the glass particularly complex to produce. A challenge which Viraver faced and solved with an innovative product.
To shift the limits meant that Viraver had to make use of all the new technologies and production plants which are today available to Viraver, the chemical strengthened glass plant and the sag bending ovens for large dimensions. The windshield in question is a 5.7 meter stratified glass with double curvature with a three phase geometry. In details there is a increased sphericity in the corners, where there is an inversion of the curve compared to the central part to become helical at the extremities.
A unique product for both size and shape. The optical quality is very good, with no flaws and optical distortions, specifications that are not subject to compromise in view of the product and its use.
A true challenge that saw Viraver involved in the development of this “glass” project in which glass was the structural element because the design philosophy’s guidelines were transparency and elegance.
In this project glass plays a fundamental role and it was prized by the prestigious magazine Boat International winning the Award in the new category called, “Game Changer”. This category highlights new production processes and cutting-edge technologies that add to the design. The judges decided that the “Clean View” and the variety of curvatures and flat surfaces of these structural glasses, with no frames that are the walls, even for the pool, fit the requests of the owner, who asked to have a seamless perspective and a view from his boat avoiding frames and pillars. Key to this success are the glasses designed and manufactured by Viraver Technology.
Viraver’s world leading technology for the production of large surfaces of chemically strengthened glass (8m × 3.21m) and the sag bending ovens for big dimensions (6.50m x 3.10m) made this project possible and underline the excellent optical qualities of Viraver products.
Viraver faced the challenge of the Silver Arrows Marine and Mercedes-Benz Style innovative yacht design project with an holistic approach.
It was not a matter of producing a glass, but rather a new concept that brought, through large motorized glass surfaces, the interior of the boat to the exterior and vice-versa.
The analysis of the project started with the complete integration of the bespoke product into the lines of the boat and its relative functionality. A glass that we can define as 3D, with spherical and cylindrical curvatures and a request for exceptional optical quality.
The glass which was fitted on the Arrow460 was produced with a complex sag bending curvature, followed by the chemical strengthened process to guarantee maximum resistance to mechanical strains and thermal shocks. With the front glass produced according to ISO 12216 standards.