29 logements îlot V3A ZAC Seguin: Glass and Color Unite in Playful Twist on Apartment Life

Inhabitants of this unique housing facility will quickly find that the life and vibrancy of the space can be attributed to the creative use of laminated glass in the design. Rather than settling for a bland and conventional apartment structure, architect Bernard Bühler set out to create a dynamic space on a tight budget. The Vanceva® color system for laminated glass provided the perfect solution.

For this project, glass and color were utilized in many different ways that complemented each other and also emphasized their own unique characteristics. Glass adds an element of visual continuity between the interior and exterior of the structure. However, the bright spectrum of colors offers a measure of privacy to the building inhabitants. Nowhere does this dialogue between glass and color come into play more than the structure-less balconies.

Bühler wanted the balconies of the building to appear as weightless colored frames floating on the façade, saying his aim was to produce a “superposition of colors” and a “mix of transparencies.” Through the use of the Vanceva® interlayer system, he was able to achieve the look of weightlessness and the richness of color. In cooperation with the manufacturers, he designed a special structural system which maintains the integrity of the glass panel and is barely visible from the outside.

In this project, glass was used for its transparency, reflection and, most of all, for the unexpected beauty that results when shadow and light crosses the material. When combined with a wide variety of playful colors, the glass elements make this apartment building a dynamic and fun place to live.

Company Information

Name: Bernard Bühler

Company Name: Agence Bernard Bühler

Address: 5, quai de Bacalan


Country: France (FR)

Phone: 0033556392733

Email: bernard-buhler@wanadoo.fr


Project Information

Project Category: Exterior

Name of Project: 29 logements îlot V3A ZAC Seguin


Date Completed:12/23/2011

Architect(s)/Firm(s): Bernard Bühler

Glass Laminator/Supplier: SGS

Photographer Credit: Agence Bernard Bühler

Cardiff University – School of Biosciences Entrance Facility: Playful Colors and Unique Design Bring Life to a Lackluster Façade

Confronted with the challenge of building a light-weight, clearly defined, and aesthetically pleasing entrance to CardiffUniversity’s Schoolof Biosciences, the architects of the project knew laminated glass with Vanceva® color interlayers was their answer.

In order to more clearly define the main entrance to the building complex, the architects wanted to create an entrance that visually contrasted with the surrounding buildings. The unusual hexagonal color-glazed façade became their unique solution, with the surrounding neutral buildings serving as visual foil to the dynamic design. Other key elements in the building’s form were also accentuated through the playful pattern and lively hues.

The building users are very pleased with the hexagonal color-glazing and the new facility in general. The Director of Estates Development forCardiffUniversity, Ian Lomer, commented, “This type of glazing façade is the first of its kind. The scheme is now complete and the glazed façade is stunning. This is a testament to the architectural flair ofRIOArchitects.”

The use of laminated glass was an essential part of this design’s success. The visually stunning material allowed the transmission of daylight into the interior while reflecting the sky and trees on its polished surface. The wide range of transparent and opaque colors allowed by the Vanceva® color system enabled the creation of a homogeneous façade that concealed the building’s structure. The use of glass also created an additional dimension in the space, as the building appears to change form as the light shifts from day to night.

Glass also brought several challenges to the project. Namely, the architects and clients were concerned that the high proportion of glass on the building would cause excessive heat build-up inside. However, PVB interlayers allowed overall insulation of the structure and control over solar gains.

The colored glazing used on the entrance facility created a visually stimulating façade that both clearly defines the building’s entrance and communicates an aspect of the molecular research that takes places inside. Externally, the façade enlivens the spaces around the building by capturing images of the surrounding environment and reflecting back a more beautiful, colorful version. Internally, the white walls and neutral carpets are awash with an ever-changing kaleidoscope of color.

Company Information

Name: Eldon Lewis

Company Name:RioArchitects

Address: 21aAllensbank   Road, Heath

City:CardiffWalesCF14 3PN

Country:United   Kingdom(GB)

Phone: 02920 250066

Email: elewis@rioarchitects.com


Project Information

Project Category: Exterior

Name of Project:CardiffUniversity–SchoolofBiosciencesEntrance Facility

Location:CardiffCivic Centre

Date Completed:12/09/2011


Glass Laminator/Supplier: Solaglas Specialist Facades (John Harvey + Steven Nacson)

Photographer Credit: Eldon Lewis

Novotel Bangkok IMPACT: Sleek and Elegant Laminated Glass Warmly Welcomes International Guests

Located at the heart of Muang Thong Thani, the Novotel Bangkok IMPACT often serves as the face of the nation for international guests. The challenge to accommodate international style while remaining grounded in local culture was one the designers overcame through the clever application of laminated glass in the décor. The hotel houses one of the largest exhibition and conference facilities in Thailand, so each area needed to have a unique style that reflected its function.

Laminated glass became an instrumental element of design when creating the ambiance of the hotel. The wide variety of colors available through the Vanceva® interlayer system for laminated glass helped the designers match the different moods of sections of the hotel and also provided them with a beautiful sustainable material. The designers also recognized the power of color to manipulate the atmosphere of a space and applied this concept in their selection of a color palette. Upon entering the front lobby, guests are greeted with soothing earth tones and a mellow décor that creates an atmosphere of relaxation. The bright dining room, on the other hand, reflects energy and excitement through the use of laminated glass elements in punchy blue hues.

The variety of colors and styles reflects the international flavor that makes guests to the country feel right at home. However, it is the consistent use of laminated glass throughout the hotel that unifies these diverse elements and contributes to the overall sleek and elegant style. Why glass? Its charm and ability to affect the mood of a space through color made it an easy choice for designers. They needed a material that was both luxurious and functional and was also able to accommodate the international aspect of the hotel’s guests. Laminated glass made with Vanceva® colors became the reliable, beautiful face of the Novotel Bangkok IMPACT.

Company Information
Company Name: Thaitechnoglass
Address: 132/3 Moo. 9, Taploung District
City: Maeng Nakornphatom 730000
Country: Thailand (TH)
Phone: 087-168-8181
Email: rarinrats@bsgglass.com

Project Information:
Project Category: Exterior
Name of Project: Novotel Bangkok IMPACT
Location: Bangkok
Date Completed; 02/01/2011
Architect(s)/Firm(s): Novotel Bangkok IMPACT
Glass Laminator/Supplier: BSG GLASS
Photographer Credit: BSG GLASS

Bush of Schaan – Glass Pillars Illuminate the Night with Warm, Glowing Hues

Colored glazing packs an emotional punch in any project, but especially so in this structure. The architects used the Vanceva® color system to produce warm hues that evoke the glow of flickering candlelight. The laminated glass was then formed into shining pillars that appear to be made completely of light. At night, these pillars illuminate the entire landscape with their soft, warm glow. The transparency of the glass brings an added factor of security to the project along with incredible beauty. These glowing glass pillars ground the entire structure and connect it with the elements.

Company Information
Name: Michael Plorer
Company Name: MGT Mayer Glastechnik GesmgH
Address: Am Breiten Wasen 17
City: Feldkirch Vorarlberg 6800
Phone: 43552272822404
Email: m.plorer@mgt.at

Project Information
Project Category: Exterior
Name of Project: Bush of Schaan
Location: 9494 Schaan, FurstentumLiechtenstein
Date Completed:12/01/2010
Architect(s)/Firm(s): Ritten Jon Architekten AG
Glass Laminator/Supplier: MGT Mayer Glastechnik Gesmgh
Photographer Credit: Eddy Risch, Schaan

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