Introducing the 2010 World of Color Award Winners

Solutia Inc. is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural World of Color Awards™ – Inspired by Vanceva®. For the past four months, designers around the world have been submitting the projects they believe demonstrate the most innovative and creative uses of colored glass, made with Vanceva®, in the built environment.

Click here to see the winners!

Looking Deeper into the Wheel of Light


Courtesy of jury member Denise Turner

Chakra, or energy center, is a Sanscrit word, meaning “Wheel of Light”. It refers to the body’s seven major energy centers which are positioned along the spinal column.  Each chakra (pronounced “shah-krah”), has a unique function that corresponds to a specific color and essence, beginning with the Root Chakra, at the base of spine, and continuing up to the Crown Chakra, on top of the head.  These energy portholes regulate the flow of energy in and out of our body. When one chakra malfunctions, its neighboring chakras are also affected, causing illness. Chroma Therapy assists in rebalanc ing the body to its optimum wellness.

Click the links below for an explanation of what each chakra does, and how chroma and aroma therapy supports them.

Light + Color = Chakra (Part 1 & 2)

Light + Color = Chakra (Part 3 & 4)

Light + Color = Chakra (Part 5, 6 & 7)

The Growth of Color in Laminated Glass

“I think the reason that there’s growth and excitement surrounding the use of colored laminated interlayers is the fact it unleashes the designer from the ‘same old’ glass substraight colors that have been around forever. Architects and designers now have the same pallet with glass that they have with paints- the whole spectrum!   The world of possibilities open up and then you add the tremendous multi function properties of laminated glass, and you are really using a dynamic product option.”

— Max Perilstein, Vice President of Marketing, Arch Aluminum & Glass and Arch Deco

Design Project Profile: Save the Children Building

Save the Children Building

Glazing Manufacturer: Lumon Oy
Architectural Firm: Arkkitehtitoimisto Hannu Jaakkola Oy

When the project for building the new headquarters for Save the Children Finland in Helsinki started it was a joint venture that brought professional architects and children together. Children from a children’s school of architecture and environmental education were given the opportunity to participate in the planning of the Save the Children Tiukula-building. The architectural firm Arkkitehtitoimisto Hannu Jaakkola combined their professionalism and architectural knowledge with inspiring ideas and input from the children at the architectural school nearby.

The children among other things created fine mosaics for the building’s main lobby, bathroom facilities and recreation rooms, and paintings to decorate the corridors of the office floors.  The children also inspired and helped create the exterior mosaic tiling, following a story poem.

The building has a cubicle basic form and the overall architectural design of the house is inspired by the architects’ eye for expressions that shall reflect the nature of activities by the Save the Children foundation.

When entering the main entrance you walk under a spectacular scheme of glass plates in different colours. These are made out of laminated glass with Vanceva® interlayers and are especially spectacular in the evenings when they are lit up. These laminated glass with coloured interlayers are also found in other places of the building, such as the façade, sliding doors etc. Colour and shapes are some of the elements of the facades that all f ind their way in to the building.

The building fulfills a long-standing dream to have the basic children protection and new functions of the organization under one roof. The building offers vast facilities for various therapy services, rehabilitation, group gatherings and family meetings. It is, as can be seen also on the architecture, no ordinary office building, but also a place for children.

Marjut Helminen, Head of Information for Save The Children, Finland says their wish was to have a house where both the exterior and the interior reflects that it is a building made by and for children and in which the work would be done to benefit the children in most grave situations. The laminated glass with coloured interlayers gives brightness to the construction and makes the house look easy to approach for children who come here to seek help, to participate in peer groups and many other activities.

The colourful and relaxed façade of the building is different from the often restricted architecture of other Finnish modern office buildings. One challenge that had to be met during the construction is that the building is located between two challenging blocks.  On one side lies the functionalistic Olympic Village from 1952 and on the other side is the more recent building of Amer headquarters. The result is a building that today is a high-level architectural solution that is aiming to be a part of its surrounding.

Vesa-Jukka Vuorela from the Arkkitehtitoimisto Hannu Jaakkola Oy gives his view on the project and on their use of laminated glass with Vanceva® interlayers: “We wanted to create a building where the connection to the world of children was clearly visible. To do this we wanted to use a lot of colours. When the idea of using laminated glass in different colours came up, we tried around twenty different configurations of the interlayers from Vanceva® before we chose five of them.  It was really interesting and easy but most of all fun to use them in the architecture”.

Call for Entries Now Closed

The call for entries for the 2010 World of Color Awards™ Inspired by Vanceva® is officially closed. The winning architectural designs will be announced on September 28, 2010.  Cont inue dream ing in color and we hope you return soon.

The Rise of Lamination in Glass and Architecture

Courtesy of jury member Andrew Moor

Laminated glass comprises two layers of glass bonded together by a flexible plastic or resin interlayer that ensures the glass does not break into pieces if fractured. The three methods in use are known as poured, UV-cured, and dry lamination.

For years, it has been possible to pigment the liquid resin that is used to make poured laminated glass- turning the glass almost any colour, transparent, or translucent. But this process has not been widely exploited, perhaps because each piece is hand-made and the process is not perceived as suitable for mass production.

In recent years, a large global glass company has patented a more mechanized system, developing a method of colouring the dry PVB (polyvinyl butyral) material that is used to laminate glass. Up to four sheets of these coloured interlayers can be mixed together, turning the range of nine base colours into a wide variety of possible tones.  We’ re now seeing many adventurous architects using colour in the design and execution of their projects, often citing colour as the central aesthetic to their design.

Pigmented laminated glass offers the opp ortunity to create rich, multicoloured glass or restrained quiet colours. Recently a system called EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) has become more widely used. This creates much greater flexibility of lamination and allows the creation of many state-of-the-art features.  It has enabled the inclusion of different materials including LED lights inside the laminated glass panels as well allowing the use of textured glass and photovoltaic cells that can convert solar power into energy.

Design Project Profile: Wolstein Research Center

Architect: Van Dijk Westlake Reed Leskosky Architects
Laminator: Standard Bent Glass Corp.

Remarkable innovations can be achieved when physicians and scientists collaborate. That’s exactly the goal at the Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein Research Building, a biomedical research facility in the heart of the Case Western Reserve University. The extensive and creative use of glass welcomes physicians, scientists, and visitors alike and allows passerby to peer into the future of pioneering biomedical research.

The research facility features 332,000 square feet, is six stories tall with two additional floors below grade, and has the capacity for 900 research investigators.  As built, the Wolstein Research Building locates lab areas at the front of all floors, with plenty of clear glass to let natural light in and give the public a glimpse into the research environment. Offices and support space are located in the back half of the floor. At the building’s main entrance canopy, a striking laminated glass tower, created with unique glass shapes made with Solutia® Inc.’s Vanceva®, Advanced Solutions for Glass™ brand colored, metallic and textured interlayers, stretches 140 feet skyward on steel frame to the building’s roof.

According to Sue Errera at Standard Bent Glass Corporation, “The use of sparkling decorative glass at the building’s entrance is a wonderful complement to the pioneering research being conducted within the research center. The distinctive pattern on the tower emulates a DNA pattern, and is made even more dramatic by the use of white and blue Vanceva interlayers, coupled with PPG Starfire and PPG Azurlite.”

The glass treatment at the main entrance is made up of 1,600 square feet of glass.  None of the composite’s 52 irregularly shaped pieces are alike.  A striking color palette includes blues, greens and rose.  The irregular pieces range in size from 60 to 130 inches with most one-half-inch thick (one-quarter inch over one-quarter inch ). “This was the best choice for the project because laminated glass offers the needed resiliency to stand up to its western exposure and will easily withstand the inherent sun, wind, dust and safety requirements,” added Errera.

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