There’s a very popular leisure centre on the Bradley Stoke housing development. The leisure centre is a family -oriented place with all sorts of really popular attractions including a swimming pool.

The pool features a very large glazed end elevation with views outward for swimmers and staff to an area dense woodland and to one of the estate’s main roads. From the outside, anyone could see straight into the swimming pool area whether they’re driving or strolling past, or walking in the woods. The swimmers didn’t like that. Continue reading “PRIVACY FOR LEISURE CENTRE WINDOWS”

Up to 1BN birds are unnecessarily dying every year…

Scientists estimate that skyscrapers are killing up to 1bn birds a year in US and conservationists are advocating that architects and designers adopt more ‘bird-friendly’ designs into their buildings to help to reduce this figure. This includes incorporating specialist patterned glass into the buildings, such as that developed by Contra Vision, the global pioneers and experts in one-way vision solutions.


Problems can occur when birds are migrating north from Central and South America and stop to rest for a while in unfamiliar cities across the US including Chicago and Manhattan. Once rested, the birds go in search of food and head towards trees which are often reflected in the glass of nearby buildings. They end up flying into the glass and dying. Incorporating bird-friendly considerations into the design of buildings could reduce these deaths by up to 90 percent.

At the end of January 2019 a bipartisan bill in U.S. Congress, the “Bird-Safe Building Act”, sought to reduce bird collisions by issuing a number of guidelines that new federal buildings would need to adopt. One key guideline would reduce the amount of plain glass to a maximum of 10 percent of the first 40 feet of a building’s façade, and a maximum of 40 percent above the 40-foot threshold. Using patterned glass instead of plain glass allows birds to see glass surfaces and avoid collision.


Contra Vision has developed specialist and high-quality printing techniques which enhance glass with one-way vision properties. From outside, Contra Vision architectural glass is colored or decorative to reduce the number of bird strikes by increasing manifestation. The benefits also enhance the appearance of buildings and provide privacy and solar control. From inside the see-through is excellent.

The secret lies in Contra Vision’s exact registration printing which is internationally patented. Contra Vision are able to print a second layer of dots in ‘exact registration’ over a first layer without any discernible overlap. This means the white or colored dots are hidden from view on the inside by a black covering, which is hardly noticeable to the eye. The view out is superb. Exact registration printing cannot be achieved with standard digital, digital ceramic and screen-printing technologies. If the dots are not printed with exact registration, then the outside window can appear dirty and the view from inside is blurred and disorientating.

Contra Vision architectural glass is available in three technologies:

The benefits include:

  • Glass manifestation: including a reduction in bird collisions
  • Decorative and colored glass: incorporate colour and signature architectural features to building facades
  • Solar control glass: reduce solar heat gain, glare, UV radiation and air conditioning costs inside buildings
  • One-way vision privacy glass: hide the view into buildings
  • Screen for digital projections: on the side of buildings when the glass is white.

The design possibilities are limitless with several variables to consider.

  • Size of dots: we specialize in printing small dots around 1mm diameter, but larger dot sizes can also be specified
  • Transparency: the density of the dot pattern can be varied to give the desired level of solar control, privacy and see-through
  • Colors: white is the most common option for building facades but a wide range of colors are possible including metallics
  • Graphics: multiple colors, graphics and images can also be incorporated into the design
  • Alternative print patterns: other print patterns including lines and hexagons can be chosen instead of dots for some Contra Vision printing technologies.


Source: The Guardian 

Pigeon photo by Zac Ong on Unsplash

How small can you go?

Our Performance HD White on Black film is proving to be a huge hit for customers who demand the finest detail, coupled with a super smooth see-through from the other side.

With recent installations on both sides of the Atlantic, Performance HD is proving that when it comes to superior quality, Contra Vision is head and shoulders above the competition.

In Liverpool, UK, Tate Gallery chose to use HD on its perimeter windows to promote recent exhibitions. As one of the most respected galleries in the world, image quality is of paramount importance and HD was definitely up to the job. Continue reading “How small can you go?”

BMW & Apple make their mark on the Las Vegas skyline…

The largest technology tradeshow in the world made its mark on the Las Vegas skyline back in January. CES (Consumer Electronics Show) drew in more than 180,000 tech savvy visitors all keen to see the latest next-generation innovations from augmented reality to self-driving technology.  With an event as high profile as this, every wrappable surface was prime advertising space.

Phoenix-based, BPGraphics are market leaders when it comes to high-profile building wraps. Working on behalf of four outdoor advertisers, BP set to work on transforming the Las Vegas skyline with some super-impressive building wraps on an incredible scale.

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Contra Vision’s ‘Performance’ is definitely up to par…

A new product launch from Callaway deserves all the attention it receives and transforming the entrance windows of their European Headquarters to support the release of their new Epic Flash Driver, was a big part of celebrating Callaway’s latest product breakthrough.

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Since 2015, Callaway have used Performance White on Black 20% transparency to help promote key messages and launch new products on their main glass façade. The unique characteristics of Contra Vision® perforated window film is an ideal solution, as not only do the windows transform into a giant billboard, but the internal environment isn’t compromised. Light continues to penetrate through the perforations, while staff and visitors still enjoy a clear view out. Continue reading “Contra Vision’s ‘Performance’ is definitely up to par…”

Marking a major milestone with the help of Contra Vision Campaign.

JLG Industries, Inc. are the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of access equipment and are celebrating 50 years in the business. To mark this milestone, they wanted to create some stunning graphics for their store frontages.

The project was a collaboration between Displays and Graphics, Inc. Harrisburg, PA and Graphics Universal, Inc. Greencastle, PA.

Contra Vision Campaign White on Black was chosen to print the stunning graphics using both 54” and 60” roll widths.

JLG Industries Contra Vision Perforated Window Film

Continue reading “Marking a major milestone with the help of Contra Vision Campaign.”

Specifying Contra Vision just got easier with our NEW Product Selector

Here at Contra Vision we offer an unrivalled range of films for one-way vision applications. Every window and every project is unique and that’s why we have a range of films that perfectly suits very application!

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Our NEW Product Selector is designed to make understanding and choosing Contra Vision products really easy. Next time you have a project that could use perforated window film, just reach for this invaluable source of information. You’ll quickly find the ideal product, be it short-term or long-term, outside or inside application and you can select the perfect option for level of image impact and transparency.

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