Food Food@Central Rama III – Indigo Glass Creates Unique, Deep-Sea Atmosphere

Using specially designed indigo colored glass, the designers of the Central Rama III food court aimed to create a relaxing, underwater- like atmosphere for shoppers enjoying a quick bite to eat. Creating this deep-sea atmosphere transformed the previously dull and dreary food court into a peaceful oasis where customers can take a breather from the hectic shopping scene. It also improved the overall atmosphere of the department store, generating a modern and sophisticated image for the shopping center. Architect Steven J. Leach comments, “The benefit of using indigo blue is that it creates a realistic impression of being underwater. Although there isn’t much in the way of decoration, the clarity and reflection of the glass represent the sea perfectly.”

Project Category: Interior

Project Name: Food Food@Central Rama III

Location: Central Rama III, Bangkok, Thailand

Glass Laminator: Thai Techno Glass Company (Brand : BSG)

Photographer Credit: Thai Techno Glass

Architect: Steven J. Leach

Address: 10/F The Millennia
62 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road
Lumpini, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330

Phone: 662-650-5585

Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure: Colorful Glass Panels Bring a Fresh, New Look to a Typically Overlooked Building

View Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure Project Profile

Although a parking garage isn’t normally associated with high architectural design standards, this Santa Monica parking structure might make us reconsider our previous conceptions. Offering spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the city below, the new building provides a memorable arrival point to the Civic Center. By day, the bright rainbow of glass panels welcomes daylight into the structure, reducing the need for artificial lighting while creating a light and airy space. At night, the panels transform the building into a luminous exterior display of softly glowing light and color. This fresh, innovative use of color in the design reflects the purpose of the building itself: the many colors, patterns, and sizes of the glass panels echo the colorful diversity of the automobiles inside. As Susan Trimble from Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope said, “The design does not disguise the utilitarian nature of the building, but instead seeks to celebrate this aspect as part of the design aesthetic.”

The Santa Monica parking structure was the first of its kind to receive a LEED-Certified rating through the U.S. Green Building Council for its use of sustainable architectural in the design. Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment commented on the structure on its website, saying, “The building features design strategies, materials, products, and construction practices that preserve natural resources, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste.” The use of colored laminated glass panels was essential in creating both an environmentally-friendly structure and a vibrant reflection of urban life.

Project Category: Exterior

Project Name: Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure

Location: Santa Monica, California

Glass Laminator: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

Los Angeles Glazing Contractor: Woodbridge Glass Inc.

Photographer Credit: John Edward Linden

Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners

Address: 933 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90405

Phone: +1 310 450 1400

New Hampshire Institute of Art: Colorful Glass Embraces Long Tradition of Art

A bright rainbow of glass panels greets students, teachers, and visitors to the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The six-story addition was meant to respond to the various façades of the historic building and provide a backdrop for its strong, pitched roof. Utilizing sustainable technology, the design of the building merges high efficiency electrical lighting, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and natural lighting and ventilation with high design standards that embrace both the old and the new of the Institute.

Project Category: Exterior
Project Name: New Hampshire Institute of Art
Location: 88 Lowell Street, Manchester, NH
Glass Supplier: OldCastle Building Envelope™
Glazing Contractor: Granite State Glass
Photographer Credit: Michael Rixon

The Architects
Architect: Dennis Mires, P.A.
Address: 697 Union Street, Manchester, NH
Phone: (603) 625-4548

Bar of Condominium: Lustrous Laminated Glass Shines in Unique Spaces


All audiences are welcome in this Bar of Condominium, where laminated glass accentuates both the light and the dark elements in the design of two very different spaces. The dark tones of one room appeal to more conservative residents seeking a place to quietly socialize with friends, while the lighter space is tailored to an edgy, sophisticated public. A glass bar not only divides the two rooms, but also unites the contrasting color palettes with its black-and-white glass lining.

Wallpaper in shades of gold and silver heightens this difference and also adds polish and shine to both spaces. Architect Brunete Fraccaroli says of the project, “The concept of the space is reflected in its boldness, dynamism, and above all, elegance.”

Sustainability was also a key concept of the design. The architect created a display of 4,600 recycled bottles on the back wall of the bar, endeavoring to prove that “environmentally friendly materials can be used with elegance and sophistication.”

Project Category: Interior

Project Name: Bar of Condominium

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Glass Laminator: 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

Design Project Profile: Sundial Bridge

General Contractor: Kiewit Pacific Co.
Architect: Santiago Calatrava
Project Manager: Omni Means
Laminator: Oldcastle Glass®, Prelco Inc., Rivière-du-Loup

Rarely do architects have the opportunity to create landmarks significant enough to redefine a city’ s perception of it self. When the residents of Redding, California, set out to salute the majestic surroundings of the region’s sweeping mountain vistas and rushing river, they reached halfway across the world to find the right architect for the challenge.

The result is the architectural masterpiece by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The Sundial Bridge, crossing the Sacramen to River in the center of Redding, is a breathtaking glass pedestrian bridge as stunning as the scenery it was designed to complement. The Sundial moniker is derived from the way the bridge supports act as a giant sundial. The pylon at the north end of the bridge casts a shadow onto a grassy plaza and marks the hours of the day with a shadow that moves approximately one foot each minute.

Eight years in the making, the harp-shaped footbridge is suspended by steel cables from a single 217-foot tall pylon and spans more than 700 feet across the Sacramento River. The bridge is 23 feet wide and weighs more than three million pounds. Since the Sacramento River has always been a “sensitive salmon-spawning habitat,” the design mandated that no section of the bridge make contact with the water.

Glass bridges are rare treats in the world of architecture, rewarding pedestrians with a lighter-than-air experience. The glazing of Sundial Bridge enables visitors to tread on glass panels lit by sunlight during the day and by 210 lights by night. Because of its size and unusual use of material, the project offered some significant glazing challenges. The laminating experts at Oldcastle Glass® in Fremont, California, took the massive project in stride. “The sheer volume of glass, 158 tons, and intricate requirements of this job were matched with an extremely tight deadline,” recalls Barry Adams, general manager at Oldcastle Glass®.

Santiago Calatrava, whose work is known worldwide, was responsible for the Sundial Bridge’s distinctive design, his first freestanding bridge in the United States.  His diverse background as an artist, architect, and engineer has earned him international recognition for his architectural projects, and his work that ranges from sculptures to bridges have been widely exhibited and publicized.

Marktkauf: Laminated Glass Uniquely Defines Mall’s Colorful Character

With so many different shops in this mall, it could have been a difficult task to find a color that exemplifies each store. But Vanceva® color interlayer technology made it possible for the architects to find just the right hue for each department in the mall. The color glazed glass also harmonizes nicely with the geometric cube shape of the building. When the sun shines brightly through the glass, bathing the inside of the building with colored light, the architect describes it as “the best effect.”

Company Information

Name: Mr. Rando Kieckbusch

Company Name: Semcoglas Glastechnik GmbH

Address: Feldmark 8



Phone: 0049395 43070 200



Project Information

Project Category: Exterior

Name of Project: Marktkauf


Date Completed:01/14/2011

Architect(s)/Firm(s): Werner Schmidt Holstenstraße 12 24582 Bordesholm /Germany

Glass Laminator/Supplier: Semcoglas Glastechnik GmbH Feldmark 8 17034Neubrandenburg/Germany

Photographer Credit: Bernd Lasdin

Cambie Storm Pump Station: Decorative pump station glass complements waterfront view

Located on the mouth of theFraserRiverinRichmond,British   Columbia, this storm pump building elegantly reflects the sparkle and motion of water. Rather than building an unsightly concrete bunker on the popular waterfront promenade, the City of Richmond opted instead to complement the views of the river and the mountains with a decorative glass wave pattern. The architect used Diffused White, Aquamarine & Sky Blue Vanceva® Color by Saflex® in the design, drawing his inspiration from the image of spilling water frozen in midair. The design combines the solid safety of laminated glass with the brilliant colors of glass film in a building that is as beautiful as it is functional.


Project Category: Exterior

Project Name: Cambie Storm pump Station

Location:Richmond,British Columbia

Glass Laminator: Lami Glass

Photographer Credit: Rich Porayko


Frydenberg Skole: Unique Glass Panels Create Refreshingly Colorful Environment

Though juggling 64 double glazed units of laminated glass proved to be a bit of a challenge to install in this project, the results are more than satisfactory. The inner pane of glass is tempered with a unique ceramic print in a circular pattern. The outer pane is laminated with Vanceva® color interlayers and printed with the image of hands.


Company Information

Name: Henning Austad

Company Name: ModumGlassindustriAS

Address: Fabrikkveien, Katfos Naeringspark

City: Geithus Buskerud N-3360


Phone: +47 32 78 31 30



Project Information

Project Category: Exterior

Name of Project: Frydenberg Skole


Date Completed:12/31/2011

Architect(s)/Firm(s):RayonAS(Tone Bergan)

Glass Laminator/Supplier: ModumGlassindustriAS

Photographer Credit: Modum Glassindustri AS (Nils Henning Austad)

The Peabody Orlando Expansion Tower: Integration of Color Glazing Adds Touch of Whimsy to Hotel Design

The Peabody Orlando proved to be a unique challenge for the architects as they more than tripled the size of an already successful existing hotel. A specific color palette tailored exactly to the project’s needs was developed and incorporated throughout the entire hotel as a way to integrate the new 32-story addition with the existing property.

Color plays a significant role in any hospitality project and the Peabody Orlando was no exception. Knowing that both the interior and exterior palette can set the tone for how a person perceives a space, the designers constructed palette from the Vanceva® color system based on the desire to bring the building into a more pedestrian-friendly scale. Blue glazing was selected for the lobby to provide a measure of calm and relaxation to the arrival experience. Cooperating with the lush interior landscaping and natural wood and stone interior finishes, green hues became the vehicle to bring the outside environment into the 4-story pre-assembly convention space. The bright orange, red and blue color palette at the crown of the building expresses life, excitement and celebration. Used in moderation, these colors add a sense of whimsy to the Peabody Orlando hotel.

Company Information

Name: Kevin Anez

Company Name: Viracon, Inc.

Address:800   Park Drive


Country:United   States(US)

Phone:800 533 2080



Project Information

Project Category: Exterior

Name of Project: ThePeabodyOrlandoExpansionTower


Date Completed:09/01/2010

Architect(s)/Firm(s): SCA Design Group

Glass Laminator/Supplier: Viracon, Inc. Glazer: Enclos

Photographer Credit: Bob Braun

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



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

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