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

Combining full height stainless steel stanchions with structural toughened glass, the H8 system represents a striking and elegant balustrade design.

Combining full height stainless steel stanchions with structural toughened glass, the H8 system represents a striking and elegant balustrade design. Twin blade stanchions per panel rising to a custom selected handrail create a sharp and minimal profile. Modern structural glass panels may be specified to handle large spans, creating an open and uncluttered effect. Arden A50 / A38 Arden system 'A' patch fittings (see technical data sheet A.3) continue the refined feel. Arden usually recommends positioning the handrail vertically above the stanchions (with glass facing out), but for face-fixed applications (with glass facing in), the H8 may support the handrail via the through-glass patch fittings. Because the H8 is both highly transparent and a feature in its own right, it is at home in sophisticated surrounds, and is best combined with feature staircase designs.


Each glass panel is supported by a total of four through-glass A50 / A38 patch fittings. A38 diameter fittings are preferred for aesthetic effect, and A50 diameter fittings would only be specified for special high design load installations. Typically 304/316 stainless steel with a 16x65 profile is specified for the blade stanchions. However, larger profile blades are also possible.

Minimum 12mm toughened glass infill panels with polished edges and tipped or rounded corners. Continuous interlinking handrail terminated on a structure is used as required by AS1288. Typically either 38.1 diameter stainless steel handrails or timber dowel on ribbon plate is specified. The handrail is typically either mounted on a custom triangular mount and pin section at the top of each stanchion, or else via the through-glass patch fitting. Alternatively, it may be mounted via a horizontal bar off-stand (with glass mounted towards the void).


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