Designing with Switchable Glass

One of the most groundbreaking innovations in glazing occurred with the development of smart glass, which can transform from opaque to transparent with the flip of a switch. Cutting-edge designers use this switchable glass in a variety of ways to allow users to modify their glass’s tint at will. This ability gives users greater control over their building’s:

  • Privacy
  • Security
  • UV protection
  • Lighting

Some smart glass can even be used as an HD projection screen. The versatility and advantages of switchable glass make it an ideal choice for commercial and residential building designs.

 Switchable Glass- Advantages

Glass is a major component in modern commercial and residential design. Besides providing natural light from the outdoors, glass acts as a more attractive option for interior partitions.

Switchable glass provides additional design elements that “fixed” transparent or opaque types of glass don’t. Its versatility contributes a number of advantages, including:

  • Privacy: By having the ability to switch from transparent to opaque as needed, switchable glass partitions can provide differing levels of privacy throughout the day.
  • Safety and security: The capacity to switch between transparent and opaque partitions can help temporarily seal areas from prying eyes during confidential procedures.
  • Conserving power: Heat from solar rays often requires cooling systems to work overtime in glass-paneled commercial and residential buildings. However, switchable glass allows users to change the transparency of the glass according to the differing levels of sunlight throughout the day, helping prevent external light from heating the building too much.
  • Easy to Clean: Smart glass can be sterilized more easily and thoroughly than traditional privacy screens and curtains.
  • UV and IR radiation protection: Much like its ability to block out differing levels of sunlight throughout the day, smart glass can also protect your building against harmful UV and IR rays without causing facility owners to rely on permanently opaque glass.
  • Fewer design elements: Smart glass necessitates fewer design elements, like blinds or curtains, to block out light and solar radiation.
  • Versatile: Switchable glass can be installed in virtually any residential, commercial, or governmental facility.
  • Multifunctional: Along with its wide variety of design functions, switchable glass can serve as an HD projection screen as needed.

With traits like these, it’s clear that switchable glass’s versatility makes it a great choice for many construction applications.

Switchable Glass Applications

This innovative glass allows designers and architects to approach building doors, windows, and partitions from a completely different angle. Consequently, switchable glass enjoys an ever-expanding number of applications, like:

  • Privacy windows and doors in homes and offices
  • Variable privacy room partitions
  • Electronic blinds, curtains, and artwork
  • Solar protection or radiant heat control
  • Security and safety panels
  • Skylights
  • Conservatory roofs
  • Display cases
  • Sales kiosks
  • Car windows
  • Monitoring rooms
  • Single- and double-glazed façades
  • Bank and ATM doors

Unlike “fixed” glass, which is either opaque or transparent, switchable glass allows the user to choose its form and function. In addition, switchable glass panels grant designers a broader range of glazing options that were unavailable using traditional glass.


Technical Details

In larger scale applications such as offices, these glass partitions can serve to reduce heating, air conditioning, and lighting costs. Exceptionally user-friendly, switchable glass from M3 Glass Technologies includes advanced control systems as well as a user interface that allows for the system to be implemented alongside existing controls such as smart-home systems.

MVision Switchable Glass can be laminated and tempered and can include colors, logos, patterns, and more using our Mprint and ColorBak processes. Our Switchable glass provides better visibility compared to our competitors and can have as low as 2% haze. Switchable glass from M3 Glass comes with many technical benefits that range from functionality to power usage, including:

  • Low power consumption
  • Customizable color features
  • Dimming and on/off capability
  • Lowest documented haze, tested and documented for each individual piece
  • 2-year warranty from Gauzy and M3
  • LCG technology developed and manufactured by Gauzy.

Amazing Glazing at M3 Glass

M3 Glass Technologies manufactures switchable glass for a broad range of commercial and residential applications. Contact us today to find out how switchable glass will benefit your next design project.