Vanceva® Brings Color to Traditional Benefits of Laminated Glass

Vanceva® color interlayers offer certain high-performance safety characteristics, useful in demanding applications such as vertical, sloped and overhead glazing. The tough plastic interlayer resists penetration from accidental impact and, unlike ordinary glass, won’t shatter into dangerous fragments if broken. Vanceva color PVB interlayer is sold at a minimum of 15 gauge (0.38 mm, 0.015 in). Laminated glazing made with Vanceva interlayer, when used in the proper thickness can meet the federally mandates safety glass requirements of CPSC and is also able to meet the various requirements outlined in ANSI and ASTM standards related to laminated glass. Below are some common applications where Vanceva color interlayer is commonly used.

Vertical Safety Glazing: Typical applications requiring safety glazing include entrance doors, storm doors, patio-type sliding doors, shower and bath enclosures, sidelights and fixed glazed panels. These federal requirements for safety glazing are outlined in CPSC CFR 16 Part 1201 and the voluntary standard ANSI Z97.1 provides test and specification information for safety glazing used in areas not addressed by the CPSC document.

Laminated glass made with Vanceva PVB color interlayer breaks safely. While the glass may crack under impact, it typically remains integral. Glass splinters and sharp fragments tend to adhere to the plastic interlayer. This is in contrast to annealed glass, which fractures easily into long, sharp-edged shards, or tempered glass which breaks into pieces that may reduce cutting or piercing injuries, but still has the predominance to vacate the frame once broken.

For more information on Vanceva color interlayer, contact us.

Quote: Antonio Gaudi

“Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.” 

~ Antonio Gaudi
Spanish Art Nouveau Architect, 1852-1926

Loft Executiva: Colored Glass Reflects Energy, Sophistication of Occupant

The dynamic, modern design of this loft apartment perfectly meets the needs of its resident: a young and energetic executive. Architect Brunete Fraccaroli wanted the space to be functional, but also trendy, so she utilized laminated glass for both its eye catching beauty and practicality in dividing a space. A glass panel that incorporates the owner’s plasma screen TV partitions the living room and bedroom suite, while an innovative glass tunnel leads from the bathroom to the wooden deck.

The green-and-black color scheme of the glass used in the loft is repeated throughout the apartment in other materials as well, such as the sisal wallpaper, bamboo floors, and steel and wood accents. This contrast of colors and materials is a hallmark of Fraccaroli and adds texture and modernism to the loft space. As the architect herself said, “The highlight of this project is the diversity in all spaces of the apartment.”

It was essential to both the architect and the resident executive that the apartment expressed a serious atmosphere, rather than a young student space. The use of laminated glass effectively achieves this goal, as it divides spaces in an elegant and sophisticated way, while still uniting the entire loft apartment through the color palette.


Project Category: Interior

Project Name: Loft Executiva

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Glass Fabricator: Penha Vidros

Photographer Credit: Tuca Reines


Architect: Brunete Fraccaroli

Brunete Fraccaroli Arquitetura e Interiores

Address: Rua Batataes, 460 – 4º andar – Jardim Paulista

São Paulo São Paulo 01423-010

Phone: 55 11 3885-8309

The Clock is Ticking

Don’t forget to submit your design project before time runs out! The deadline for submissions will close on March 16, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. CST.  Projects must demonstrate creative and innovative use of colored glass made with the Vanceva® color interlayer system.

For additional rules and requirements, learn more here.

Quote: Wassily Kandinsky:

“Almost without exception, blue refers to the domain of abstraction and immateriality.”

~ Wassily Kandinsky
Russian-born French Expressionist Painter, 1866-1944

Design Project Profile: The Funenpark

Architect: Frits van Dongen, de Architekten Cie.
Designers: Christa Rinzema, Adriaan Mout, Dick Scholten and Alejandro Hernandez, Stephan Oehlers

Which city does not need to combat urban depopulation? City centres are gradually emptying, resulting in deserted streets and abandoned dwellings, with office buildings replacing homes, taking away any feeling of warmth.

Amsterdam wanted to reverse this trend and so, close to the narrow canals that are characteristic of the Dutch capital, rises the Funen. It’s not just an architectural project, it’s a hybrid concept – a combination of homes, workplaces and nature in the centre of Amsterdam. Frits van Dongen, a partner with the architects, Architekten Cie., has created an astonishing location.

Around a central park, various styles of houses and apartments are hidden away amongst the greenery, like “Secret Treasures”. The architect’s influences are numerous and varied. He has taken his inspiration from traditional closed urban blocks, more open developments including courtyard layouts, as well as from German “Siedlungen” and English “Garden Cities”. His imagination has created a countryside area right in the densely packed city centre of Amsterdam: an absolute delight for future residents!

In order to protect this parkland residential area, Frits van Dongen has envisaged a block of apartments separating the Funen from the railway line, to the East of the site. And to dress its façade, the architect has used laminated glass with Vanceva® interlayers covering the whole length of the block. For a full 5000 m2, Vanceva® becomes the coloured shell of the Funen, as well as its most recognizable feature!  In fact, train passengers can read the word “Funenpark” on the facade. To achieve this effect, Vanceva® coloured films have been integrated into the short sections of the saw-tooth laminated glass, allowing the facade to constantly change its appearance thanks to the palette of shades, that can be seen from both the inside and outside of the building – colouring the 5000 m2 surface yellow, green, pink, blue and orange. The East facing facade is bathed in light when the Sun is in the South, reaching right into the building – delighting and astonishing train passengers on every journey!

Vanceva® has become the building’s second skin and its distinguishing feature to the outside world.

The Vanceva® interlayers also provide soundproofing, since the railway line is very busy and therefore noisy. The laminated glass incorporating Vanceva® films is more effective in reducing noise than all conventional glazing systems and limits the surge effects of frequency ranges of between 1000 and 2000 Hertz. The sound-proofing properties of laminated glass thereby reduce the nuisance caused by nearby rail traffic.

The Funen is a complex comprising 312 homes, a business area (offices) of 3000 m2, an underground car-park with 235 spaces, as well as shops and restaurants.  It’s a complete way of “urban” life which is gradually being recreated on this former industrial site.

The Funen is a truly groundbreaking project, a new concept in town planning, which encourages residents not to leave the city but to come back and live here without losing all the benefits of other devolved districts. While many other cities are suffering from depopulation, Amsterdam is winning the battle to repopulate its city centre.

Architectural Competition Honors Vanceva® Glass Fabricators: Entry deadline: March 16, 2012

Entries are still being accepted for the Solutia World of Color Awards™  Inspired by Vanceva®.  Launched in 2010, the international design awards program was created to honor architects, interior designers, and glass fabricators around the world for their innovative use of colored laminated safety glass in building design and interior spaces.  There is no cost to enter and every laminator can enter multiple projects!!!  Log onto to by March 16, 2012 and be recognized for the amazing work you do with Vanceva!

Why Enter?
It is easy, free and can help grow new projects using Vanceva.  It also can increase business by showcasing your capabilities with Vanceva color interlayers.

What Do You Win?
In both the Exterior and Interior categories, there will be a winner and a honorable mention award given.  Winners and Honorable Mention recipients of each division receive:

  • A custom glass award made with Vanceva®color interlayers


  • Global recognition in all media relations efforts associated with the competition (press releases, e-newsletters, etc.)


  • The winning designs will be featured in our booth during Glasstec 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany.  Winners will also be featured on contest websites, and across the World of Color Awards social media networks including Twitter, and Facebook!


  • Free entrance ticket to Glasstec Tradeshow


  • 500 Printed Project Profiles of their winning entry for their own use


  • Appearance in our next edition of the Vanceva Dream book!


Design Project Profile: The Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau

Architect: HKS, Inc.
Window Manufacturer: Accurate Glass Works, Inc.
Glazing Contractor: Viracon

A daring curved design by architect Morris Lapidus helped make Miami’s Fontainebleau resort an architectural icon when it opened in 1954.  Indeed, it w as a leading social and cultural hotspot for decades before falling into disrepair. In early 2005, new ownership embarked on a project to revitalize the property and restore it to its former glory. Plans called for the addition of a world-class spa – a freestanding building on the property that would serve as a soothing oasis for guests.

A renowned lighting artist originally created the concept for the spa: a pristine vibrant, crystalline structure that would glimmer and sparkle in the night lights by the pool area. It was the job of architects at Dallas-based HKS, Inc. to turn this concept into a design.

Their design was a contemporary jewel box, a striking glass structure with canted walls. The two-story, 40,000 square-foot building would house the Lapis Spa, along with a sleek rooftop restaurant.

Glass selection was critical.  From an aesthetic perspective, architects were searching for a blue glass that would complement the colors of the surroundings and offer reflections of the historic Lapidus architecture. From a performance standpoint, the glass needed to meet Miami’s tough large missile impact requirements and hurricane codes while also providing energy efficiency.

The first challenge was engineering the 10-degree lean-out insulating glass curtainwall to meet Miami’s stringent building code requirements. The team at Accurate Glass Works Inc. developed a solution by modifying a YKK curtainwall system to lean out with horizontal members parallel to the ground.

With the unusual cant and greater spans, glass performance was critical. Viracon worked closely with Accurate Glass Works to find the glass and interlayer combination that would meet stringent Miami-Dade building codes for hurricane resistance. The solution was a 1-5/16” insulating laminated glass with a .075 Vanceva® Storm interlayer.

Due to the complexity of the design, the system h ad to be tested with a full-scale mock-up. However, with a very tight time frame, Accurate Glass Works and Viracon knew the design needed to pass on the first attempt.

“We were brought into this project later in the process than usual, so we knew we had to get everything right and pass all testing the first time around. There was no room for failure,” says Rob Parker, president of Accurate Glass Works. “We worked closely with Viracon to select a glass and interlayer that would provide the strength and durability necessary to meet all requirements. With their help, we met all requirements on our first test.”

Meanwhile, Viracon also worked closely with the architects to select a glass substrate and coatings that would meet aesthetic and performance demands. To create a structure that would fit with its surroundings and provide a soothing environment befitting a world-class spa, architects selected Versalux® Blue 2000 glass substrate with Viracon’s VRE-46 coating.

Viracon’s VRE coatings provide a neutral exterior color and allow two-way vision under varying light conditions.  It allows increased light transmittance while also reducing solar heat gain. “We chose a VRE coating for a number of reasons. Energy efficiency was important. Because the spa would have varying temperatures inside for its various treatments, we wanted a glass and coating that wouldn’t allow heat gain or heat loss,” says Rick Lee, AIA, LEED® AP, principal at HKS. “We also wanted the exterior of the building to have a consistent look, top to bottom, and we wanted a surface that would reflect its surroundings.”

The building’s design incorporates three different “bands” of glass – vision glass, spandrel glass and translucent glass – glass that would let light in while protecting the privacy of spa guests enjoying their treatments.

The glass, adds Lee, turned out exactly as envisioned. “We got color, appearance, energy efficiency and impact resistance,” he says. “The result is a unique piece of contemporary architecture that is respectful of its historic surroundings.”

Color Definition #5: RED

RED – Don’t use red as the main color in your home, because it is a power color and full of passion. Use it sparingly, as an accent only, and you’ll get a lot of drama from it. A close companion to brown, red represents the core of earthy tonality and rustic textures. If your home is rooted in the landscape, shades of red like terra cotta or coral can be wonderful decorating colors. For a really vibrant pop look, mix red with primary yellows, greens and blues. For instance, paint it on your doors, window frames or other trim in the room. In a formal room, use a deep, dark red, such as burgundy, to compliment the dark woods in the room. Source

Quote: Julie Schimmelpenningh

“Glass is the portal through which we experience light in the built environment. Adding color to that glass, whether it is in exterior glazing, interior partitions, furniture or art, elevates the experience of light.”

~ Julie Schimmelpenningh

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