Half-height blade stanchions with glass on through-glass patch fittings

Combining stainless steel half-height stanchions with structural toughened glass, the H6 system represents a strikingly modern balustrade design.


Combining stainless steel half-height stanchions with structural toughened glass, the H6 system represents a strikingly modern balustrade design. Blade stanchions rising to approximately half the height of the glass panel present a minimal profile, but have the strength to be specified to commercial loads.

The H6 system uses two blades per panel and equal spacings between blades,with glass cantilevered at each side. Two Arden system A patch fittings are located on each stanchion. the handrail is supported directly from the glass panel, with system A handrail patch fittings located above each stanchion Thus, each panel incorporates a total of six patch fittings. Blades may be specified as either stainless steel or powder-coated mild steel.

For architects and designers, the primary attraction of the H6 system is rhe ability to specify a sharp and minimalist balustrade in a commercial (high potential load) context. The neutral tones of stainless steel and glass entail that the H6 can sit well with other materials, and in a variety of styles of interior decor.


Typically 304/316 stainless steel or mild steel with a 16x65 profile is specified. However, depending on design loads or design considerations, heavier grade stanchions can be specified. Engineered high performance patch fittings are welded in factory to the stanchions. Minimum 12mm toughened glass infill panels with polished edges and tipped or rounded corners.

Typically 38.1 diameter stainles steel handrails mounted on custom system A stainless offset brackets is used. However, a wide variety of handrail profiles and materiels can be used. Continuous interlinking handrail terminated on a structurs is used as required by AS1288. Where a timber handrail may be desired, it is strengthened by recessed structural steel bar.


Arden Architectural is a BSA licensed contractor for carpentry, joinery, glass, glazing and aluminium as well as structural metal fabrication and erection. Arden supplies a Form 16 (Licensed Contractor) on all projects. In design and construct contracts, a Form 15 (Design Engineer) certification is supplied upon request. For products and services incorporating this design element, the table below details compliance with relevant codes and standards.

Title Applicability
BCA The Building Code of Australia Full compliance
AS NZS 1170.1-2002 Structural Design Actions – Permanent, imposed and other actions Full compliance
AS 1288-2006 Glass in Buildings. Selection and installation Full compliance
AS NZS 1554.1-2004 Structural steel welding - Welding of steel structures Full compliance
AS 1554.6-1994 Welding stainless steels for structural purposes Full compliance
AS NZS 4586-2004 Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface materials Not applicable
AS 1428.1-2001 Design for access and mobility Full compliance
AS 1657-1992 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders. Design,
construction and installation
Full compliance