Design Project Profile: Crèche Lauzin Daycare Center

Crèche Lauzin Daycare Center, Paris, France

Architect: Shohreh Davar Panah – Sarre, Atelier Architectes
Laminator: Pilkington
Building Owner: City of Paris, Paris, France

We have all dreamt of a candy-coloured school at some point in our lives. Well, architect Shohreh Davar took this childhood dream as inspiration for the new decor of the crèche situated on rue Lauzin in the 19th district of Paris.  With a hint of imagination, a pinch of naughtiness and a wealth of creativity, she transformed the school facade into a brightly coloured sweet wrapper.

Sho Davar Panah, the architect in charge of the project, dabbled with a palette of eight colours to come up with a pattern of bright tones set out like fragments of barley sugar along the school wall. Each colour, whether apple green, violet, pink, azure blue or yellow, shines in the light of the next one.

Davar simply states, “The random patchwork of colours evokes a childlike fantasy of sweets!” We can’t argue with that.

The internal and external architectural environment of the crèche was crucial in the development of the senses of the children it looks after. The architects were keen to provide the children with bright colours and began by looking at the possibility of graffiti drawings.  They later opted for transparent glass with coloured inserts as this was the optimum solution for marrying colour with clarity and brightness. All of the shades chosen contribute to the well-being of the children and impart a lighter and more childlike feel on to the building and the district as a whole.

This colourful glass façade truly gives a fresh boost to the 1970s buildings and has updated the image of the 19th district of Paris wonderfully.

WOCA Project Profile: Yabany

Designed by Architect Brunete Fraccoreli

Mixing glass and steel with natural fibers, Architect Brunete Fraccaroli created an unusual Japanese restaurant in the heart of São Paulo. The main concern of the client was to not loose the orient al style, while achieving a unique and original space.

While Brunete Fraccaroli makes use of many materials in her projects, her favorite material is Vanceva® colored laminated glass. “Right now Solutia’s products represent a great solution,” said Fraccaroli. “Glass is a material with many functions.  We can use to separate the environments, without losing the interactivity and gaining in space.  It is a lightweight material, noble and has characteristics of modernity.”

All of the windows in the project were made using Vanceva color interlayer for laminated glass, as well as the partitions and balcony railing. The lighting fixtures were custom designed for the project by the architect. To create a cosmopolitan atmosphere, the use of pink and orange in translucent glass, produced an unusual effect of dynamic illumination.

Entry #: 1061

Brunete Fraccaroli Arquitetura e Interiores
Rua Batataes, 460 – 4º andar – Jardim Paulista
São Paulo 01423-010
P 55 11 3885-8309

Project Information
Name of Project: Yabany
Location: São Paulo
Glass Supplier: Santa Marina Vitrage
Glass Processor: Penha Vidros
Photographer Credit: Tuca Reines

Six Stories of Glass


Article and image courtesy of the New York Times

In 2002, after buying and tearing down an “architecturally uninteresting” 100-year-old structure for 600,000 euros, Luis Alonso, founding partner of the Catalan architecture company Alonso Balaguer, had a vision: to build a town house inspired by glass, air and concrete.  His dream h as now become a reality.

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Quote: Leonardo da Vinci

“For those colours which you wish to be beautiful, always first prepare a pure white ground.” 

~ Leonardo da Vinci
Italian High Renaissance Painter and Inventor, 1452-1519

Design Project Profile: Westin New York at Times Square

Builder: Tishman Realty & Construction Co., Inc.
Architectural Firm: Arquitectonica
Laminator: Viracon
Glass Installer: Permasteelisa

Within walking distance to the world’s finest retail shops, dining establishments, and entertainment venues, the Westin New York at Times Square flawlessly marries architecture and art.  The trendy hotel creates a dramatic and vivacious entrance to Times Square, combining the best of style and design.

Miami’s acclaimed architectural firm, Arquitectonica, designed the Westin New York at Times Square with a stunning 45-story “prism” tower featuring 8,000 sheets of glass in ten colors, split by a 355-foot-long curving beam of light soaring above the New York City skyline. “At roof level, the arched light form projects beyond the physical bounds of the structure into the Times Square night,” says Laurinda Spear, FAIA, principal and co-founder of Arquitectonica. “The blending of glass, color and light reflects the spirit of Times Square.”

Numerous obstacles were overcome to bring the massive project to fruition.  The hotel was built on a 17,500-square foot locale on one of the busiest corners in midtown Manhattan. “This was a very challenging job from laminator’s perspective,” says Pam Ellis, customer service manager at Viracon, an industry leader in glass fabrication.  “It took 15 months to produce the glass, while the average is usually six to nine months,” said Ellis. “The glass shapes were unique – we had to create triangles and trapezoids as well as traditional rectangles. This required laying out laminates on the diagonal to achieve the required shapes. Along with the sheer number of glass configurations, the glass shapes added to the project complexity.”

A total of 180,000 square feet of glass went into the façade of the building with 34 different combinations of interlayers in various configurations. Solutia’s Vanceva® Design colored interlayers were laminated into the glazing used in the entire hotel façade of the building. Gold, copper, blue, green, violet, silver, white, and aqua were chosen from the Vanceva Design color line.

The project took over eight years and $322 million dollars to complete. The Westin is the largest groundup construction of a hotel in New York City in the past 17 years, according to industry resources. It remains an inspiration to the design community and truly represents an inspired use of color.

The Power of Glass and Colour

Courtesy of jury member Andrew Moor

Glass forms a major part of the external skin and interior dividing walls of contemporary buildings. It is also used for balustrades, elevators, desks, and almost anything else that can be thought of.

It is not difficult to add colour to glass, as well as patterns, textures, gradations of tones, and other qualities, all of which add to the enormous versatility of the medium. This is a language that is available at a reasonable cost, and that can transform the character of a building – yet one that, surprisingly is not widely exploited.

Glass and colour are a powerful combination.   The use of colour as part of a building’s exterior has a powerful impact on the immediate surroundings. And when the glass is experienced from the interior, the internal space can be transformed.

Design Project Profile: Carrer Mestre Nicolau

Maestro Nicolau, Barcelona, Spain

Courtesy of jury member Fermín Vázquez

Architect: Fermín Vázquez b720
Laminator: Cricursa Cridecor Vanceva 6.6 (

When we completed the work on the office building at Carrer Mestre Nicolau number 19, I asked Rafael Vargas to create a portfolio of photographs that would serve as the basis for an exercise half way between recording and analysis, on the architectural sense and consequences of having used colour. Through the use of an architectural device that is simple in principle (a horizontal brise-soleil) but sophisticated in conception (range of colours, density of shades, arrangement of the bands) and precise in execution (a slender stainless steel section grips each strip of glass along its length and discrete clips fix it to the facade) we aimed to respond to our client’s commission: avoid the anonymity of the typical expensively refurbished office building.

The project consisted of transforming an administrative building between party walls, with significant structural problems, into an office building with all the flexibility and services expected of such construction.  The new façade identifies it as a contemporary corporative building. Colour is a tool used to incorporate it into its residential setting.  Each strip is an assembly of different coloured segments, such that, from the front the composition of this glass screen san finally be clearly seen; a juxtaposition of vertical, monochrome bands passing through successive gradations from red, to orange, to yellow, to pale green.

It is satisfying to think that our work has served as a pretext to enable us to think about color as a delicate resource in the hands of an architect. Without the confidence and trust of a client like Layetana it would have been impossible to carry out this project. Also, Circusa and Solutia, thanks to their exceptional technical expertise and their commitment to our architectural aims, enabled us to achieve the subtle transitions of colours we were seeking for the glazing of the facade. This strong urban signal provides solar protection for the offices that lay behind it as well.


Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry to the 2012 World of Color Awards™! We received an astounding number of entries so far! Great job to everyone who entered, and don’t forget that the contest has been extended until April 15th, 2012. Let’s keep entering new projects!  Check out our Facebook Page for images.

WOCA Entry Deadline Extended to April 15, 2012: Online Competition Recognizes Use of Colored Glass in Architecture

The clock has been ticking down to the entry deadline for the past few weeks and many of you emailed us, “Please!  Will you please give us more time to enter our amazing projects into the 2012 Solutia World of Color Awards™????”

We heard you and want to help.  So, yes!  The WOCA entry deadline has been extended to Sunday. April 15, 2012 at 11:59PM CDT.  Hooray!  Now there is plenty of time to submit your most fabulous projects and get the recognition you really deserve.

Even better, there is no cost to enter.  So enter as many projects as you like!  The more projects you enter, the better chance you have to catch the jury’s eye and win the 2012 WOCA award.

All projects will be judged by an international jury of renowned industry professionals representing the architectural, design and color marketing industries, including:

Pitupong Chaowakul, Brunete Fraccaroli, Andrew Moor, Mark P. Sexton, FAIA, LEED AP and Jane Stockel. All entries must include liberal use of Vanceva color interlayer products and must have been completed between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011.

Quote: Paul Gauguin

“Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams”

~ Paul Gauguin

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