Architectural firm MVRDV and Gietermans & van Dijk received an assignment to design a new façade for a special project in the chic P.C. Hooftstraat. The appearance should match reputable fashion houses such as Prada, Chanel and Dior. MVRDV devised a façade of glass bricks which was in shape identical to the existing 19th- century façade and ABT advised about the technical realization. The global search ended at the Italian firm Poësia which was able to produce clear and fully transparent bricks. But how to connect these glass bricks into a masonry? And how to ensure that the façade is not only beautiful, but also safe?
The structure of the glass facade consists of UV-glued, solid glass bricks.
Not only the stone but also the frames and even the door panel are made of glass. Never before has a self-supporting façade with solid glass bricks been created. The 8.80-meter-high facade, demanded a very high dimensional accuracy in measurements. In additionthey also had to work within the allowable tolerance during the construction of the façade,. Just as with the adjustment of engine valves, they used feeler gauges in this case. Milk is used to level the first layer of bricks. In contrast to water, milk gives in this case sufficient reflection.
Winner innovation award 2016
The famous glass facade Crystal Houses Amsterdam has won the Innovation Award 2016 : a prize awarded for the most innovative glass project in 2016.