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Color And Architecture Celebrated

The jury responded with glowing remarks, and particular praise came from Brunette Fraccaroli, one of the world's most inventive architects to weave color into buildings: "I loved it."

Architect(s)/Firm(s): PhenomenArts, Inc.    Glass Laminator/Supplier: Glass-Pro    Photographer Credit: Robin Hill

EXTERIOR Honorable Mention:      29 logements ilot V3A ZAC Seguin

Rather than settling for a bland and conventional apartment structure, architect Bernard Buhler set out to create a dynamic housing facility in a suburb outside of Paris while working on a tight budget. The Vanceva® color system for laminated glass provided the perfect solution.

Buhler wanted the balconies of the building to appear as weightless colored frames floating on the facade. He wanted 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. 

"Stunning!" wrote juror Jane Stockel during the evaluation. "Great use of the material, the overall appearance of the completed structure is super and with Social Housing, a sense of pride from the residents will no doubt flow through from living in such an excellent building."

Architect(s)/Firm(s): Bernard Buhler    Photographer Credit: Agence Bernard Buhler

INTERIOR Honorable Mention:      Frydenberg Skole

Architect Henning Austad's work "Frydenberg Sokle" lights up the interior of a school outside of Olso, Norway with a collage of colorful, bending hands. The inner pane of glass is tempered with ceramic print in a circular pattern; the outer pane is laminated with Vanceva® color interlayers and printed with the image of hands. During construction, the design team faced the challenge of juggling 64 double glazed units of laminated glass. But the result, as juror and architect Pitupong Chaowakul testifies, turned out to be absolutely effective. "The application of the color drives the emotional reaction from the space," he commented.

Architect(s)/Firm(s): Rayon AS (Tone Bergan)    Glass Laminator/Supplier: Modum Glassindustri AS    Photographer Credit: Modum Glassindustri AS ( Nils Henning Austad)

" Fan Favorite" from Facebook:     Bush of Schaan

Architect Michael Plorer used the Vanceva® color system to produce hues that glow like flickering candlelight. At night, the laminated glass pillars light up the entire landscape, achieving a remarkable aesthetic and an added element of security. 

Architect(s)/Firm(s): Ritten Jon Architekten AG    Glass Laminator/Supplier: MGT Mayer Glastechnik Gesmgh    Photographer Credit: Eddy Risch, Schaan

The Jury:

The jury for the second annual Solutia World of Color Awards consisted of an international mix of celebrated industry professionals in both the architectural, interior design and color marketing industries.  The judges included:
  • Brunete Fraccaroli, Founder of Brunete Fraccaroli Arquitetura e Interiores, Sao Paulo
  • Andrew Moor, Principal, Andrew Moor Associates, London
  • Mark Sexton, Founding Partner, Krueck & Sexton Architects, Chicago
  • Pitupong Chaowakul, Founder, Supermachine Studio, Bangkok
  • Jane Stockel, Principal, Jane Stockel Designs, Hong Kong and Australia

The Vanceva® Color System by Saflex® offers architects and designers unparalleled creative freedom to incorporate color into glass and glazing systems using tinted interlayers which are laminated in between two pieces of glass.  A palette of 15 colors can be combined in up to four layers to produce more than 3,000 transparent, translucent and opaque glass colors.   This gives designers unparalleled flexibility to create custom colors and one-of-a-kind aesthetics. Vanceva color interlayers also offer all the benefits of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers for laminated safety glass, including security, solar, sound insulation and UV protection.

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