Architectural wall systems
Movable wall systems for workplace interiors
Movable walls are a tool that many architects use to divide space in open office environments. Contract magazine offers insight into many of the best uses for movable walls. These are most commonly used in workplace environments like offices, but movable wall systems are also seen in other interior environments like education and retail, which may require flexible settings based on programming. Some common types of movable walls are glass wall systems, architectural wall systems, and modular wall systems. Glass walls, commonly used to design private offices and conference rooms within workplaces, are some of the most prominent architectural wall systems. These demountable walls are able to be installed into one location of the interior, but also be taken down and removed or installed elsewhere.
Technology advances have allowed these office wall systems to advance in recent years, allowing for more flexibility, ease of use, greater sound absorption, and lower maintenance. Not every ceiling height is the same, so an important factor to consider when choosing a movable wall is how the system is able to fit custom ceiling heights, as well as how the system seals in place to create privacy. Movable walls are one of the categories judged during the Best of NeoCon competition presented by Contract magazine at the annual trade show in Chicago. Judges evaluate the methods used to install each product, the customizations one wall system offers above another, and other pertinent information such as warranties. Readers of Contract magazine can be sure that the movable wall products that are awarded in that competition have been judged by top professionals and deemed worthy.