Special Preview: 2011 Color Forecasts

Around the world, modern trends continue to feature colored glass in architecture and design.    Solutia is proud to introduce all three of their 2011 Color Forecasts inspired by color trends around the world (Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas). Be the first to discover these three distinct and dynamic palettes.

The Color Forecasting Process

Aimee Davis, Solutia’s Architectural Market Manager for the Americas, talks about color forecast ing and current color trends in architectural glass.

Color For Your Home and Desktop

Celebrate your participation in this year’s inspiring architectural design competition with the 2010 World of Color Awards™ merchandise and wallpaper downloads for your desktop.

Design Project Profile: Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Architects: Andersson-Wise, Austin, Texas
Laminator: National Glass

Tacoma, Washington’s spectacular Chihuly Bridge of Glass, which houses the largest public installations to date of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures, celebrates glass in more than one way. The Austin, Texas based Andersson-Wise Architects, also used glass to showcase and protect the magnificent collections, which are housed on a public pedestrian bridge open 24 hours a day. The Bridge spans a busy highway and links the Washington State History Museum with the city’s new Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art.

Since safety, security and modulation of light were critical to the design of the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, the architects sought various solutions to achieve their goals. After considering etched, tinted and sandblasted glazing options, the architects turned to the technical team at Solutia Inc, the world’s largest manufacturer of Saflex® protective interlayers for laminated glass. The interlayer is sandwiched between two pieces of glass, which are bonded together with heat and pressure to give glass impact resistance and other benefits.

More than 100 original artworks from Chihuly’s Venetian series are displayed on an 80-foot display section of the bridge. “Security was a high priority here,” says Arthur Andersson, principal with Andersson-Wise. The architects chose to protect each object with Solutia’s clear Saflex interlayer in a double laminate configuration. The 0.060″ thick laminate provided both security and safety, as this type of configuration is extremely difficult to penetrate with most hand tools.  “If impacted by a vandal, the outer pane of glass might shatter but the interlayer would tend to remain intact and continue to protect the art until the glass panel could be replaced,” says Solutia’s technology manager Julia Schimmelpenningh. It also provides complete clarity for viewing of the art.

The glass used behind the Venetian Wall installations presented an additional design challenge. “We set out to provide a background for the art glass sculptures without making the glass panels completely opaque. We looked for a material that would allow for a subtle view of forms in the distance,” says Andersson. The architects experimented with a range of samples from Solutia’s new Vanceva™ Design Advanced Solutions for Glass™ interl ayers, which en able designers to incorporate a wide range of color and designs into glazing systems.

Andersson and his team selected a Cool White interlayer encapsulated between clear interlayers.   “The effect is fantastic,” says Andersson. “The glass panels behind the art glass admit natural light. They also allow one to perceive silhouettes of buildings and moving cars down below the bridge without being a distraction to the Venetians.” The gl azing configur ation has already been tested, when a vandal shot a stray bullet from a distance during the first week the Bridge was open. The glass shattered, but continued to protect the art.

Chihuly’s Seaform Pavilion, which is adjacent to the Venetian Wall on the bridge, presented an entirely different challenge. The Seaform Pavilion is a ceiling made with thousands of glass sculptures from Chihuly’s Seaform and Persian series.  Visitors view the ceiling installation by looking up through glass panels, on which the artwork rests. The panels were created with Solutia’s clear Saflex protective interlayers to provide both safety and security as well as meet code requirements for overhead glazing.

“The walls of the Seaform Pavilion, also made from glass, presented the greatest challenge,” says Andersson. “In order to emphasize the glass art above, we needed to limit most of the light coming from the sides at this pavilion.”

After much experimentation, the designers chose a Vanceva Design combination to create the darkened atmosphere needed for this section of the bridge. They created a custom environment by using a multi-ply laminate “sandwich,” which consisted of Evening Shadow colored interlayer sandwiched in between the Arctic Snow translucent interlayers. “This combination of interlayers creates a great enclosure for viewing the glass art, which is illuminated from above. From a distance, one perceives only a hint of pedestrians moving through the walls.”

“The most useful thing about using Solutia’s interlayers is the amazing flexibility they provide,” says Andersson. “By layering films of different tone and color one can easily create filters which modulate light according to specialized applications. We have not found other products that allow such a range of options.”

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Shedding Light on Entry Rules & Requirements

When considering a project to submit, the creative expression of color and light will be your key differentiator among other entries in the eyes of the jury. The project must have been completed between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2009.  And submitting your design is free and easy.  Enter your project today.

For additional details and requirements, learn more here. Entries will be open until September 5th, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

A World of Opportunities, Extended

Good news! The entry deadline for The World of Color Awards™ has been extended to September 5, 2010.  Don’t miss the chance to shine on a global stage and have your project recognized for its architectural excellence using colored-glass made with the Vanceva® color interlayer system.

For additional details and requirements, learn more here.

Design Project Profile: Nox Restaurant and Bar

Architect: Storkökskompagnitet / Indori Inredning AB
Glazing Manufacturer: Si-Glas, Norway

Nox, is a high-design restaurant and bar located in the heart of Stockholm. The restaurant situated in two floors impresses with its stylish interior design. An international influence mixed with clean Scandinavian design makes it a new hot spot in the nightlife of Stockholm and brings the restaurant to an international level.

The creative design of the bar with concrete and dark materials is combined with laminated glass with Vanceva® interlayers that light up the bar from behind with an azure-blue colour. The glass lights up and stands out in the dark from the rest of the interior that is mainly made of dark materials and the stylish concrete bar.

In the same way a wall, that parts the restaurant from the kitchen, is made with laminated glass. This makes the wall spectacular and a piece of art, rather than just a regular wall. The designers of Indori Inredning AB wanted to create an international venue in Stockholm. The interiors are not linked to a specific country or region of the world, but rather it is an international mix that is eye-catching.

When creating the bar they wanted to get a lively feeling and a touch of the Mediterranean Sea.  Therefore they tried out many options with frosted glass etc. but were not happy until they found the specific azure-blue colour that was created through using Vanceva® interlayers. The restaurant and bar finally resulted in the end product they wanted, a space internationally influenced by major cities.

The Jurors

The esteemed panel of international architects and designers who make up the World of Color Awards™ jury have posted their observations about color in the built environment and beyond.  Continue to be inspired as you learn more about each juror.

Shashi Caan – Founder, The Shashi Caan Collective, New York

Andrew Moor – Principal, Andrew Moor Associates, London

Jeeyong An – Principal, GinsengChicken, New York

Fermín Vázquez – Principal, b720 Arquitectos, Barcelona

Denise Turner – Founder, Color Turners, International Colorist, California

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