For those of you looking to re-create the Tron gaming experience, this new flooring technology from Germany's ASB Systembau GMBH may be the thing for you. Billed as "the most advanced flooring system in the world," the ASB GlassFloor system utilizes reinforced glass panels which are set on an aluminum substructure embedded with lighting elements. Let the games begin!
The surface is designed to emulate hardwood courts and it still meets European guidelines for a variety of sports, including squash, badminton, and volleyball. Its adjustable lane lines and markings allow organizers to literally change the kind of sport that can be played on it on the fly. It can also display video and be converted into a gigantic video screen.
From the manufacturer:
The floor is made from tempered security glass and can withstand enormous impact. The panels are made from two specially-treated glass plates held together by a 2mm PVB safety layer. The glass panels can be produced to a size larger than 2×2 metres and make the floor longer lasting than any conventional floor. This is why in 2007 we have been able to install the first open air squash court on a cruise ship, withstanding the impact of sea water and perpetual movement over years.
ASB has supplied more than 15 major squash tournaments with the floor. Its biggest project yet is a 500m2 sports floor in use daily at a German school. The technology has also withstood long term outdoor tests without any signs of aging.
The surface of the glass undergoes several special treatments to achieve ideal elasticity, friction and reflection of light. After years of extensive testing we have reached a result where the floor does not reflect too much to be a distraction but still gives a slight reflection which compares to the effect marble has on the eye. Also deflection and friction of the floor achieve equal or better results than conventional sport floors. The floor is ISO and EN certified. The same treatment that ensures the dim reflection also causes scratches to remain invisible. The surface can be in almost any colour you like. The colour of the floor is determined by special foil coat applied to the bottom of the floor and can be changed even after years.
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Images: ASB Systembau GMBH.