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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

Killarney Community Ice Rink: Colorful Glass Provides Dazzling Contrast to White Ice


One of the legacies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics is the stunning new community rink at the Killarney Community Centre in Vancouver, BC. The rink was used for short-track speed skating training sessions during the 2010 Winter Games and has recently undergone conversion to accommodate community recreation use.

The project features a variety of custom laminated IMPACT by Lami Glass standard and clerestory windows featuring Vanceva® Color by Saflex®. The band of narrow windows strategically placed around the perimeter of the ice rink is a very effective way of bringing natural daylight into the inner space of the arena without distracting views or compromising privacy. The vivid Vanceva® Color product not only provides a striking contrast to the white ice, the relatively high transparency also allows athletes and spectators to see the sky. The result is an enclosed yet open-feeling space that provides a rose-colored peek at the world outside 365 days a year.

Project Category: Interior

Project Name: Killarney Community Ice Rink

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Glass Laminator/ Supplier: Lami Glass

Photographer Credit: Nic Lehoux

Architect: Acton Ostry Architects

Address: 111 E 8 Avenue

Vancouver, BC V5T 1R8


Phone: 604-739-3344

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

Color is Everywhere


Courtesy of The Cool Hunter

We are hard-wired to notice and react to color, and marketers (and Pantone and the Color Marketing Group) and psychologists have long known this. Children generally love bright colors. Fast-food restaurants use bright colors because they want us to notice, grab and go.  Red is stop, green is go. Colors affect and express our everyday lives, even when we don’t notice it.

In fact, we are seeing a clear increase in the use of color in the broad design world. We see more color in commercial and residential architecture, interior design, art and installations, events, retail and hospitality.  We also see more color in products — from aircraft to fashion to everyday items — and in marketing and communications as well.

“Whatever the underlying reasons, we see more color and we love it.” – Tuija Seipell

Discover or re-discover our Andrew Moor, jury member for the third year!


Andrew Moor, Principal of Andrew Moor Associates in London and author of The Colour of Architecture returns to the jury for a third year.  For 30 years, Moor has been an ‘architectural glass art consultant’ and project manager for works in the retail, office, hotel, leisure and private sectors.  He also acted as the international agent of the legendary Derix Glass Studios of Weisbaden.  A renowned author and regular lecturer at architectural practices, conferences and colleges, Moor has a unique understanding of what can be achieved with glass, including how it can contribute to space and enhance a building’s appearance both inside and out.  His first book, Contemporary Stained Glass, 1989, (US edition ‘Architectural Glass’) is widely thought to be a landmark work on the state of the art at that time.  His book, Architectural Glass Art, 1997, which is still available on Amazon, documented many of the changing techniques and artistic styles beginning at that time.  His most recent book, Colours of Architecture – Glass and Colour in Contemporary Buildings, 2006, documents the recent changes in methods and usage of coloured glass by artists and architects throughout the world.

Andrew Moor Associates
14 Chamberlain Street
London, NW1 8XB
T: +44 207 586 8181


Sydney Headquarters for iSoft


The new Sydney Headquarters for iSoft – IBA Health showcases an exciting range of finishes, material and design elements which combine to create a futuristic environment consistent with the company’s sophisticated software programs. This ambitious project created 3000 square meters of space to accommodate over 180 staff in a superior workplace environment. The design was based on an open format that emphasized the elements of light and air and also incorporated flexible-use areas to maximize user amenity.

Architects HBO + EMTB’s design concept explored the unique character of “software” by using “light, space and whiteness”. Project architect Jacqueline Urford says, “Materials were selected to convey physical properties of transparency and reflection.” This led to the use of “super clear” and “milk” glass, stainless steel, trezzini and sheer curtain fabric to define the various subdivisions of the public space. The polar white glass glows with back lighting and this combination of translucency and reflection creates the ultramodern mood the designers intended. The finished product lives up to the “tardis” label given to it by the design team.

Project Category: Interior
Project Name: iSoft Sydney
Location: Sydney, Australia
Glass Laminator: Bent and Curved Glass PTY LTD
Photographer Credit: Danny Kildare Photgraphy
Architecture Firm: HBO + EMTB
Project Architect: Jaquline Urford
Address: 75 Elizabeth Street
Sydney, 2000
NSW Australia
Phone: 61 2 8226 2000

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.

The visual design should accommodate all teaching rooms facing the school’s internal atrium with a cafeteria and an open auditorium. It was desirable to create screening of teaching in the rooms, but also let through movement and light according to fire regulations. Hands were used as a visual element to soften the monumental architectural expression. Frydenberg school was built on a former transformer factory which was built in the years 1936. Hands are emerging as an organic forest that filters light and displays, and are in the history of the origin of the factory hall. The design reinforced the school’s ambition to be a school where diversity and unity are paramount. The school has a high non-Norwegian ethnic student body, and hands that were used reflected this. In contrast to the large forms, is a dense circular layers in the glass walls of abstract cells

Frydenberg Skole
Product: Vanceva®
Location: Oslo
Date Completed: 12/31/2011
Architect: Rayon AS (Tone Bergan)
Glass Laminator: Modum Glassindustri AS
Photographer Credit: Modum Glassindustri AS (Nils Henning Austad)

Introducing Jury Member: Angelo Derenze


Angelo Derenze, President of Casa Cor in Sao Paulo, is welcomed to the jury for his first year. Casa Cor is considered the most comprehensive display of architecture, décor and landscaping in the Americas. More than 620,000 people in Brazil and Latin America attend Casa Cor each year, making it second only to the Milan Furniture Fair in its attendance. With a 26-year tenure at Casa Cor, Derenze has been instrumental in developing the quality and exposure of the Casa Cor program within 21 Brazilian franchises and across Chile, Panama, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Uruguay.

Prior to his role at Casa Cor, Derenze began his career in communications and publishing, working with the April Group for 20 years to launch Elle magazine in Brazil and the website. In 2007, Derenze was honored for his work with the publication Casa Claudia by receiving the prestigious Caboré Award for excellence in advertising.

As one the most renowned decor specialists in Brazil, Derezne’s role as president of Casa Cor Group has brought the design event into the international spotlight during his four years of leadership. A native to Brazil, Derenze is married with two children.

The Rise of Lamination


Laminated glass comprises two layers of glass bonded together by a flexible plastic or resin interlayer that ensures the glass does not break into pieces if fractured. The three methods in use are known as poured, UV-cured, and dry lamination.

For years, it has been possible to pigment the liquid resin that is used to make poured laminated glass- turning the glass almost any colour, transparent, or translucent. But this process has not been widely exploited, perhaps because each piece is hand-made and the process is not perceived as suitable for mass production.

In recent years, a large global glass company has patented a more mechanized system, developing a method of colouring the dry PVB (polyvinyl butyral) material that is used to laminate glass. Up to four sheets of these coloured interlayers can be mixed together, turning the range of nine base colours into a wide variety of possible tones. We’re now seeing many adventurous architects using colour in the design and execution of their projects, often citing colour as the central aesthetic to their design.

Pigmented laminated glass offers the opportunity to create rich, multicoloured glass or restrained quiet colours. Recently a system called EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) has become more widely used. This creates much greater flexibility of lamination and allows the creation of many state-of-the-art features. It has enabled the inclusion of different materials including LED lights inside the laminated glass panels as well allowing the use of textured glass and photovoltaic cells that can convert solar power into energy.

Courtesy of jury member Andrew Moor



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