Balcony façades with ‘bird-friendly’ glazing 

Bird collisions with glazed surfaces have become a concerning issue, especially in urban environments where glass buildings are common. Millions of birds perish annually due to collisions with transparent or reflective surfaces, emphasizing the need for architects and designers to incorporate bird-friendly glazing solutions into their projects. However, these solutions must maintain the aesthetic and performance attributes required for the project. 

Glazed façades offer numerous benefits, such as maximizing natural light and improving thermal insulation, often accompanied by stunning panoramic views. Similarly, balcony glazing extends living spaces, creating seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor areas while providing protection from the elements. However, these features can pose significant risks to birds if not considered during the design process. 

How can visually stunning and environmentally responsible glazed balcony façades be created while also prioritizing bird safety?

Bird-safe glass contains patterns or visual markers that reduce reflections from the surrounding environment onto the glass. Silk printing on balcony glazing and railings is an innovative solution designed to enhance bird protection in urban environments. Patterns created through silk printing act as barriers for birds, making the glass more visible and reducing the risk of collision. 

Silk printing not only serves as an effective bird protection solution but also enhances visual aesthetics. Patterns can be customized to meet the specific requirements of the building or environment. Designers can choose from a wide range of patterns, colors, and densities to achieve the desired level of bird deterrence while preserving the building’s aesthetics. Additionally, partial or full silk-screen patterns on the glass can provide added privacy in dense urban environments. Lumon’s silk-printed glass panels are available for both personalized and traditional balcony façades in new construction and renovation projects.  

Silk printing not only serves as an effective bird protection solution but also enhances visual aesthetics

Creating safer environments for both humans and nature


Overall, silk printing is a versatile and practical solution for enhancing bird protection in urban environments. By incorporating this technique into balcony glazing and railing design, architects can create safer environments for both humans and nature while maintaining the aesthetic integrity of their projects. In doing so, we uphold our responsibility for both architectural innovation and environmental sustainability. 

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