United Hospital Mother Baby 2017-10-16T10:07:36+00:00

Project Description

mirage textured glass partition mother baby hospital - bent glass

Mirage Textured Glass: A Sense of Hope

Counterbalancing negative emotions: The power of architecture and design on the human psyche is reflected strongly in public spaces that wield emotional clout, such as cultural centres, schools, city halls – and hospitals.

Working on two hospital projects, United Hospital Mother Baby, and Mother Mercy Hospital (both in Minnesota), with designer HDR of Hopkins MN, Nathan Allan chose to unite uplifting visual appeal with multi-leveled function. HDR selected Nathan Allan’s unique Mirage textured glass panels for both projects, to create spaces that provide privacy as well as comfort, using color, texture and light.

mirage textured glass partition for mother baby hospital - bent glass


Mirage textured glass, part of Nathan Allan’s Classic Textures Directional Series, is a free flowing pattern with fluidly shaped lines of deep texture. Organic molds are produced with deep recesses to allow for the profound surface striations. Each mold is individually created to form a continuous pattern from panel to panel. With Nathan Allan’s mirage textured glass, surfaces are sealed, which creates an anti-microbial glass that is ideal for all Healthcare projects. It is important that the beauty of architectural glass remains for years to come.


Low iron tempered safety glass, 1/2″ (12mm) thick, with Mirage kiln formed glass, with horizontal pattern direction.  Panel sizes vary up to 5’0 x 10’0 (1500mm x 3000mm). Flat and Bent tempered panels are used in abundance throughout these hospital projects.


In collaboration with HDR, Nathan Allan worked to create a safe space for patients of United Hospital Mother Baby. Our Mirage textured glass provides the comfort of privacy with distortion of light, and our unique bent glass serves as a solid sound barrier. The glass does not shut in patients, families or healthcare providers; instead, the light and colors that filter through the vibrant panels are effectively uplifting. With the everyday rhythms and routines of a hospital, it’s important to have a reminder of why it’s there: healing, recovery, and hope. By incorporating hope into our decorative glass design with light, movement and vibrancy, interior design can serve as a reminder of beauty and optimism.


All Mirage textured glass panels are installed using high end, commercial quality glass “shoes”. This heavy duty hardware creates a solid installation and keeps each decorative glass panel straight and level. Flat edge surfaces were created in the Mirage Glass to allow the glass to fit easily and tightly within the glass shoes. Incredible installation details performed by WL Hall Building Specialties of Hopkins MN.


Collection Classic
Series Directional
Texture Mirage
Glass Low Iron
Thickness 1/2″ (12mm)
Dimensions 5’0 x 10’0 (1500 x 3000mm)
Safety Tempered
Designer HDR, Hopkins, MN
Installer WL Hall
Photography John Magnoski
mirage textured glass by nathan allan glass studios