After months of competition running, weeks of judging, and days of deliberation, our international jury of five celebrated industry professionals reviewed a worldwide portfolio of architectural project submissions and awarded two winners in the Exterior and Interior categories as well as four honorable mentions due to their bold and creative use of Vanceva® color interlayers.
Check out the winners below!
EXTERIOR Division Winner: Le Claustra de Daniel Buren
French conceptual artist Daniel Buren creates a stunning visual art installation on the esplanade in front of the Gare Centrale de TOURS in France. The Claustra is a huge open screen, 7 meters high and 20 meters wide, with 3,000 pieces of Vanceva colored glass and was commissioned to improve the image of the city and the TOURS line. As a permanent work of art, the use of laminated glass provides the weather and time resistance needed to easily maintain the vibrancy and beauty of this contemporary outdoor installation. Low-iron glass provides an extra-clear sightline into the vibrant blues, yellow, and reds used in the design. Changing climate conditions and time of day create an ever changing appearance to the Claustra, which transforms itself in correspondence to light, sun, and clouds during the day and with lights by night.
Designed to be seen by travelers on both sides of the work, Buren encourages the spectator to be active and explore the work from many angles. The Claustra relates to other station images by reflecting the bright colored doors of the station and other elements at station stops to create a unified experience for the traveler. Buren designed the work to be site-specific; it cannot be envisaged without the setting for which it is designed and created.
According to the artist, “Color is a basic element in the visual arts. It is one of the few elements that artists can use and touch and which, in a way, is pure thought. It cannot be transcribed into music, works, philosophy, or anything else. It is raw.”
“A very bold and integrated effort!” wrote Andrew Moor, juror, during the evaluation. “The screen is clearly a kinetic item with many manifestations in different lighting and viewed from different locations. Successful and bold project.”
“The colored laminated glass adds a sophisticated modernity to this building and connects beautifully to the screen. I would like to see this project in person,” commented juror, Kiku Obata.
Architect(s)/Firm(s): Daniel BUREN / RCP Design Global / Via composites
Glass Laminator/Supplier: Macocco
Photographer Credit: Macocco
INTERIOR Division Winner: Arize Hotel Sukhumvit by Aroz of Design Co., Ltd
To have a stunning first impression for guests visiting Arize Hotel Sukhumvit in Bangkok, the architect created a blue hue illuminated glass ceiling that leads guests into the reception area. This is achieved with “Pollo” glass to enhance the mood of modernism and relaxation in the reception zone with unique pattern and colors. The deep blue sea tone was created using two layers of Vanceva Sapphire colored interlayer. The use of laminated glass in an overhead application ensures all safety concerns are met. The resulting effect is one of modern, unparalleled luxury in the heart of one of the world’s busiest cities.
Excellent!” wrote Andrew Moor, juror. “This is a very beautiful design that achieves all of its objectives. It illuminates very well and looks good without light.”
Architect(s)/Firm(s): Aroz of Design Co., Ltd
Glass Laminator/Supplier: Thai Techno Glass Co., Ltd. (BSG Glass)
Photographer Credit: Thai Techno Glass Co., Ltd. (BSG Glass)
Nature’s stunning ice creations are reinterpreted at the Iceberg, a majestic residential building overlooking the harbor at Aarhus, Denmark. With superb attention to detail, the architects used staggered roof lines that fall into peaks and valleys to create the sculptural feeling of floating icebergs. A brilliant white façade is punctuated with lightweight glass balconies, which are designed with progressively lighter blue colors as one’s eye travels upward. All flats have cantilevered balconies oriented to the east and south, to capture maximize light and provide unobstructed views. The balconies have a shifting oblique orientation, which reflects the crystalline and unpredictable appearance of icebergs emerging from the water.
The architects used Vanceva Aquamarine interlayers to create the transparent balconies, an effect created by using one, two, or three interlayers. The more interlayers used, the deeper the hue becomes. Clear laminated glass is used at the very top balconies to represent the tip of the iceberg. The safety benefits of laminated glass ensure that residents can enjoy transparent views of the harbor year round.
“Although very simple, this project is truly architectural,” wrote Andrew Moor, juror. “A simple expression and use of color has transformed the building. It helps articulate its geometry, adds warmth to the building, and a softening to its lines. Very good.”
“Creative use, simple, understated, accentuates the design concept,” commented Kiku Obata, juror. “Well done!”
Architect(s)/Firm(s): CEBRA A/S JDS Architects A/S SeARCHbv, Louis Paillard
Glass Laminator/Supplier: bo•glas a/s
Photographer Credit: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, www.arkitekturfotografi.net
Collège Anne de Bretagne
Students at the Collège Anne de Bretagne in France’s Loire Valley likely have a smile on their faces when they arrive for classes at their colorfully designed school. The entire upper level provides a scintillating and shimmering effect, due to sunscreens made up of laminated glass with Vanceva interlayers, which offer a rainbow-like palette of colors that encircle the entire building level. Interlacing, colored window panes offer a warm welcome to the classrooms and provide an illuminating and contemporary image.
The use of laminated glass offered a technical solution that helps reduce the impact of the sun’s rays, while still allowing natural light to flow into the interior. The architects carefully chose a palette of colors for the sunscreens, which were selected to interact with the student’s emotions and sensations. The building unifies, in one strong and powerful architectural image, the objectives of every contemporary scholastic structure – an attentive integration into diverse surroundings and an overall beauty in which each student and faculty member can take pride.
“This really is an exciting and adventurous use of color,” commented Andrew Moor, juror. “No pictures from the interior so we cannot know how it impacts there but it is a fabulous example of brave architecture that creates landmarks and experiences for all who interact with the building.”
Architect(s)/Firm(s): PHILIPPE GAZEAU ARCHITECTE
Photographer Credit: PHILIPPE RUAUL
Marian University Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences
First impressions are everything, and Marian University’s new colored glass “lantern” building makes a welcoming statement that won’t be easily missed. Using the Catholic iconography of the San Damiano cross within a field of colored glazing in a random pattern, the Indianapolis, Indiana (U.S.A.), university has created a unique and contemporary expression of stained glass.
Situated on a primary intersection in the city, the building beckons students, faculty, and the public into the campus. During the day, sunlight streams into the space, bringing color and vibrancy to the interiors. By night, the building’s internal illumination allows the colored glazing to glow with vivid colors. The university is delighted with this new, bold interpretation of its mission, and the community welcomes what is sure to become a landmark in this bustling American city.
“An adventurous use of plain colors to create a very dynamic effect,” wrote Andrew Moor, juror, during the evaluations.
Architect(s)/Firm(s): Schmidt Associates
Photographer Credit: © Courtesy Schmidt Associates
When colors have to be perfect, the designers at GlasTrösch AG Swisslamex turned to the Vanceva Color System to create a color-swept renovation for the Raiffeisenbank Schaffhausen, a bank located in the historic center of the city of Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The colorful attributes of the Schaffhausen’s public façades are transported into the interior, and in return, the bank uses transparency to open itself to the city. With a nod to the city’s tradition of painted façades and stained glass, these colorful murals were digitally transformed into a pattern of rhomboid glass shingles and provide an added reference to the company’s original honeycomb logo. From the street, passers-by are treated to a brilliant sweep of color, light, and reflections.
When clients visit, they are greeted with a stunning wall of glass panels, which overlap in an intricate matrix of shapes and glowing color. The colors were painstakingly matched to Pantone (PNS) colors, which required detailed color matching, and then the team made adjustments for overlapping panels, which flow throughout the design. The pattern in the lobby is re-created in conference rooms, which are covered with white glass to ensure even distribution of light. Through reﬂection, color, and transparency, a versatile and modern atmosphere is created, which provides clients with a welcoming and stimulating atmosphere.
“A very brave and stimulating project,” commented Andrew Moor, juror. “It is aesthetically pleasing and at the same time very striking. It has form and geometry and rhythm. It is clearly a brilliant piece of engineering and design.”
Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architekten
Laminator/Supplier: Glas Trösch AG Swisslamex
Photographer Credit: Roger Frei