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kapilux, insulated glass

Kapilux is an insulating glass with an integrated capillary slab consisting of a large number of honeycomb-structured thin-walled transparent or white capillaries. This capillary slab can be integrated into different kinds of insulating glass, and it diffuses light effectively.

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kapilux, insulated glass

citron showroom paris

citroen store, paris

citroen flagship store

citroen store, paris

Energy transmission, light transmission, and light diffusion can be adapted to the facade orientation and the room behind the facade.

New York based firm, Peter Marino had designed Chanel Flagship store in Tokyo using this Kapilux product with 700,000 embedded LEDs for the facade system.

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chanel fagship store, tokyo by peter marino architects

The massive display can project footage of fashion show runway scenes or an electronic version of Chanel’s iconic black-and-white tweeds on a larger-than-life scale. In transparent mode, the structure offers clear views inside or outside. The electronic mille-feuille can also transform from see-through to opaque, thanks to a combination of 3,675 square feet of canvas scrim and electronically controlled privacy glass.

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chanel flagship store, tokyo

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chanel flagship store, tokyo

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chanel flagship store, tokyo

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interior view of chanel, tokyo

 

Xicui Entertainment Complex, Beijing China    

Sustainable media wall : GreenPix

GreenPix

xicui entertainment center, beijing china

GreenPix is a solar power-harnessing, light-emitting facade system designed by Simone Giostra Architects, a collaboration with Arup. Integrated with the curtain wall of the Xicui entertainment complex in Beijing near the site of the 2008 Olympics.

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xicui entertainment center, beijing

Greenpix features the largest color LED display on earth. GreenPix behaves like an organic system, absorbing solar energy during the day and generating light from the same power that evening. Polycrystalline photovoltaic cells are laminated within the glass of the curtain wall and placed with changing density on the entire building’s skin. The density pattern increases the building’s performance, allowing natural light when required by interior program, while reducing heat gain and transforming excessive solar radiation into energy for the media wall.

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xicui entertainment center, beijing

XicuiEntertainmentCenter Beijing

xicui entertainment center, beijing

 

 

When glass applied to the building exterior, the most common applications were curtain wall. However, glass is seen less simply thesedays. One aspect of this is the transformation of curtain walls from two-dimensional surfaces to three-dimensional.

folding glass facade  

trutec building, seoul korea

trutec building, seoul korea

One example are folded glass facades, which take once-modular components of glass and steel and make them appear more malleable. Barkow Leibinger Architects‘ Trutec Building in Seoul, Korea synthesizes the modular and the folded by taking a regular rectangular grid and infilling the cells with a prismatic pattern of triangular and trapezoidal glass panes. It creates an irregular but relatively consistent pattern across the main facade.

trutec building, seoul korea

trutec building, seoul korea


Trutec Building facade detail

Trutec Building facade detail


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Trutec Building facade detail dwg

The pattern of the dynamic glazing refracts light and image, which abstracts both the building’s surface and the views out of the building.

trutec building view from interior

trutec building view from interior

 

 lighting dichroic discs

galleria department store, UN studio

galleria department store, UN studio

UN Studio designed colored bubbled wrap like shell for the trendy department store in Seoul Korea. The exterior skin is actually formed of 4,330 overlapping glass discs, 33 inches in diameter and a half-inch thick, withe LED lights behind it. The LED lights can change the color of each of the discs and create vivid play of colors and graphics to be displayed. The color of the facade changes from green to amber, depending on the position of the sun and the viewing position. At night the discs are individually backlit and controlled by a computer program to create color schemes so that the building makes a complete transformation during the day and evening.

Galleria, seoul korea

Galleria, seoul korea


galleria, seoul korea

galleria, seoul korea

 

 “The subtle daytime looks of the building during day, changes to something completely expressive and outgoing during the night”, says lighting designer Rogier Van der Heide.

 

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Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron

Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron

The architectural challenge of spherically curved, frameless glazing has previously been unachievable worldwide. Following pre-qualification negotiations by the owner and architects with ECKELT GLAS, the glass units were modeled using computer software and a number of specially constructed prototypes, providing verification of the complex geometrical forms. Architect Herzog de Meuron and ECKELT GLAS eventually arrived at a successful modification of the VARIO system, which incorporates aesthetic as well as technical requirements such as earthquake safety, fire-protection etc. There were a total of 224 “bubbles” specially finished for PRADA store in Tokyo, Japan.

Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron

Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron


Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron

Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron


Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron

Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog de Meuron

 

light transmitting concrete

light transmitting concrete

The heavy, dull substance of concrete, lit and full of life?

Architects around the world  have been prospecting for the new building materials such as Litracon introduced by Hungarian architect Áron Losonczi. Litracon is a light transmitting concrete combination of optical fibres & fine concrete. The proportion of the fibres is only 4% of the blocks so they do not impede the structural integrity of the concrete, but rather contribute forming a component of the aggregate.
Belgian Cement Association FEBELCEM

Belgian Cement Association FEBELCEM

Belgian Cement Association FEBELCEM
Belgian Cement Association FEBELCEM
Iberville
Iberville

This Litracon concrete material can be prefabricated into building blocks and panels. The glass fibres lead light by points between the two sides of the blocks which allows to produce sharp display of the shadows on the opposite side of the blocks as well.  

Viktor & Rolf turn things upside down!

Following the direction to develop an “UPSIDE DOWN” concept, in collaboration with architect Buro Tettero, SZI Design created an award winning innovatice design for the flagship retail shot for viktor Rolf in Milan, Italy.The boutique has the welcome mat on the ceiling, chandeliers bloom from the floor, oak parquet on the ceiling and chandeliers sprouting out of the floor. The upside-down neoclassical décor includes upended columns, archways and even the front door.

viktor & rolf milan showroom

viktor & rolf milan showroom

VRboutique

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viktor & rolf milan showroomviktor

viktor & rolf milan showroomviktor

We wanted to give a new perspective on a shop,” said Viktor Horsting who, with Rolf Snoeren, designs one of the most conceptual collections in the business.

“You really enter into a surrealistic world, the Viktor & Rolf world, where nothing is what it seems to be.”

Architect Siebe Tettero, who worked with the two designers on their stately new headquarters in Amsterdam, said that, when they approached him with their need to “twist the classic,” he opted to revisit the neoclassical style, which he described as the most “recognizable and familiar” design.

viktor & rolf milan showroom

viktor & rolf milan showroom

viktor & rolf milan showroom

viktor & rolf milan showroom

A number of types of marble and stone, particularly varieties of alabaster and onyx, become translucent when cut to form veneers no more than a few mms thick. Bonding panels which can be used in a wide range of architectural applications, for examples for architectural cladding where they will benefit from natural light.
Yale Univ. Beinecke Library by SOM

Yale Univ. Beinecke Library by SOMYale Univ. Beinecke Library by SOMYale Univ. Beinecke Library by SOM

Yale Univ. Beinecke Library by SOM

Yale Univ. Beinecke Library by SOM

They can also be used in a variety of applications in which illumination is provided by artificial light or where a glass usrface is required to provide protection. Fiberstone glass can be produced from any kind of translucent marble or onyx.

bathtub

bathtub

wall cladding

wall cladding