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

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



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

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

Kustermann Park München: Sliding Glass Dividers Create Separate, But United Space

Red and orange glass dominates the sliding doors and dividing walls in this interior space. A key feature of the Kustermann Park München is its multi-functional ability; the glass dividers allow for the creation of small, separate spaces, while still uniting the interior as a whole. The warm colors and natural lighting create a harmonious and comfortable atmosphere that appeals to anyone seeking a place to relax or socialize with friends.

Project Category: Interior

Project Name: Kustermann Park München

Location: Rosenheimer Straße 116 a München

Glass Fabricator: Glas Trösch

Photographer Credit: Glas Trösch Beratungs

Architect: Thomas Sutor Sonnenstrasse

Phone: +49 (0)89 200 198 02

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.

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!


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!

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.

Special Preview: 2011 Color Forecasts

Around the world, modern trends continue to feature colored glass in architecture and design.    Solutia is proud to introduce all three of their 2011 Color Forecasts inspired by color trends around the world (Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas). Be the first to discover these three distinct and dynamic palettes.

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