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Color And Architecture Celebrated

KINGSPORT, Tenn., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Solutia, a subsidiary of the Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN) has announced the winners of the second World of Color Awards™:  Inspired by Vanceva®.   The international competition honors architects, interior designers, furniture designers and other industry professionals who have demonstrated innovative and liberal use of Vanceva color interlayers for laminated glass in their work between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011.  Photographs of the winning projects will be showcased at the company's stand at Glasstec, the world's largest glass event held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081029/AQW096LOGO)

An international jury of five celebrated industry professionals reviewed a worldwide portfolio of architectural project submissions, and awarded two winners and two honorable mentions in the Exterior and Interior categories, including a " Fan Favorite" selection from Facebook. Entries were judged on the creative use of glass with laminated color interlayers, aesthetics, and degree of attention paid to the overall benefits and technology of laminated glass.

WINNERS

EXTERIOR Division Winner:     International Management Institute, Kolkata (IMI-K)

In the midst of a dense and outdated urban fabric, Abin Chaudhuri's design stands apart from its surroundings thanks to the brilliant spectrum of colors spanning its facade. Once a jewel in British India's crown, post-independent Kolkata gradually degenerated into an anachronistic urban region that failed to celebrate its rich architectural history and remained unresponsive towards new developments. The architects of the International Management Institute endeavored to reverse this trend by creating an environment that recognized the art and culture of the area while promoting modern, environmentally sustainable architecture that would "add color to the city life."

The finished design reflects an energetic environment that is conducive to learning and growth. "Excellent use of color in a country where color plays such an everyday part of people's lives," noted juror Jane Stockel. "Gives off feeling of a sari wrapped around a building and I can imagine at night the translucence would add a definite magic.  Well done."

Architect(s)/Firm(s): Abin Design Studio Principal Designer: Abin Chaudhuri    Glass Laminator/Supplier: Thai-German Specialty Glass Co., LTD.    Photographer Credit: Pradip Sen

INTERIOR Division Winner:     "Harmonic Convergence"

Sunlight, sound, and color unite spectacularly in architect Christopher Janney's mural, "Harmonic Convergence." The passage provides a unique immersive color experience for travelers passing through the Miami International Airport. Recordings of tropical birds and thunderstorms play from each end of the walkway and sunlight streams through a wall of laminated glass panels, which shines with hues from the entire color spectrum. Janney worked closely with Solutia's color experts to create a scale model of the wall in Vanceva® laminates to ensure every color was placed in perfect harmony to the adjacent color.

The resulting "synaesthetic" environment is possible only because of the wide range of color options allowed by the Vanceva® interlayer system. Janney had long imagined large, architecturally immersive spaces filled with colorful light, but "had to wait for a company like Solutia to develop a system of colored glass that would allow me to realize one of these childhood visions."

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