Architects recognized for creative use of colour and glass in design projects
Eastman, manufacturer of the Vanceva® Color System for laminated glass, has announced two winners (interior and exterior) and four honourable mentions for this year’s World of Color Awards (WOCA). This semi-annual international design competition honours architects, interior designers, glass fabricators, artists, and other professionals for their innovative and significant use of coloured laminated safety glass in exterior building design and interior spaces.
“We had more than 50 entries from every corner of the globe this year,” said Doug Marren, Global Marketing Communications Manager Advanced Interlayers for the Vanceva Color System. “We’re always impressed by the creative ways architects use Vanceva color interlayers to create landmark buildings, special effects and moods in interiors, and even in wayfinding.”
Photographs of the winning projects and the awards were showcased at Eastman’s exhibit booth during glasstec 2018, the world’s largest international glass trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany. The winners were presented their awards during the event.
An international jury of five celebrated industry professionals reviewed submissions and the following awards were presented:
EXTERIOR Division Winner: Prinses Maxima Clinic voor Kinderoncologie, Center for Pediatric Oncology, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Glass Laminator: www.thiele-glas.com
LIAG Architecten en Bouwadviseurs faced the challenge of connecting Wilhelmina children’s hospital to the paediatric oncology clinic at the newly built Princess Maxima Centre with a stunning pedestrian bridge of brightly coloured glass. Thiele Glas Werk GmbH provided approximately 650 pieces of colourful glass in various combinations of 15 different Vanceva coloured films for use on the bridge’s glass surface.
“This project achieves a wonderful fusion of colour and light to positively impact the lives of children and families undergoing the most difficult of challenges,” said WOCA Juror, Rafael Viñoly-Menendez.
INTERIOR Division Winner: Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
Glass Laminator: www.nwiglass.com
Jacoby Architects used contrasting key navigational points with the pops of red coloured glass to help low-vision children and the general public find their way through the education centre. The intent for the building design was to create a space that was as visually appealing as it was functional. Vanceva laminated glass did exactly that.
Honourable Mention, NA: PZ Vapor Trail Experience, Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States of America
Architect(s)/Firm(s): www.gtri.gatech.edu in collaboration with www.formations-studio.com
Glass Laminator: www.glassflooringsystems.com
For this interactive, self-powered 40,000 square foot lighted outdoor footpath, architects and researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in collaboration with Formations Studio combined high performance concrete tiles with custom electronics and approximately 600 load-bearing Vanceva glass tiles. When energized, the system allows visitors to see visualizations of space exploration, energy, and sustainability.
Honourable Mention, LA: A.J. Fitness, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Architect(s)/Firm(s): Carlos Enamorado – Hector Larios
Glass Laminator: www.extralum.com
Architect Carlos Enamorado used vibrant red, orange, yellow, and blue glass to energize the workout space at A.J. Fitness. Glazing installer Vitroaluminio Honduras supplied 86.8 square metres for the façade, 71.39 square metres of glass for the balcony railing surrounding the roof-level outdoor track, and another 139.74 square metres for the colour cube covering the stairwell.
Honourable Mention, AP: Rainbow Glass Cliff, East Lake Harbor Canyon, Beijing, China
Architect(s)/Firm(s): Beijing Xinmei
Glass Laminator: Beijing Guanhua East
Architectural firm Beijing Xinmei delivered their interpretation of one of nature’s most beautiful creations — the rainbow — using Vanceva interlayers to build a glass balcony spanning a cliff at Beijing’s East Lake Harbour Canyon. No matter the time of day, type of weather or viewing location, the natural lighting passing through the coloured panes makes Rainbow Glass Cliff a magnificent sight to see.
Honourable Mention, EMEA: Computer Science Building, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Glass Laminator: www.glasseal.co.uk
The original 1970 concrete cladding of the Bernard Crossland Building was stripped away to make room for a link bridge connecting buildings at 14 and 16 Malone Road. Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects Vanceva laminate fins to visually create digital code on the façade while continuing the theme inside with brightly hued balustrades for balconies and stairs.
This year’s jury panelists were:
Sebastiano Baldan, Lead Architect, X-Architects, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Nicholas Leahy, AIA, LEED, AP, Principal and Executive Director, Perkins Eastman Architects, P.C.
Joakim Lyth, Principal Architect and Office Manager, Wingårdh Arkitekter AB, Malmö, Sweden
Rafael Viñoly-Menendez, AIA, Design Partner, LMN Architects, Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Carlo Santambrogio, Owner and Architect, SANTAMBROGIOMILANO, Milan, Italy
The Vanceva Color System offers architects and designers unparalleled creative freedom to incorporate colour into glass and glazing systems using tinted interlayers, which are laminated between two pieces of glass. Combining 16 laminates in up to four layers produces more than 17,000 transparent, translucent and solid glass colours. Vanceva Color interlayers also offer all the benefits of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers for laminated safety glass, including security, solar control, sound insulation, and UV protection.
Saflex® and Vanceva® brand PVB interlayers are the most trusted name in PVB interlayer technology for laminated glazing, delivering outstanding performance and durability, backed by reliable and knowledgeable service. As a result, they are found in nearly 40 percent of laminated architectural and automotive glass worldwide.
All 2018 WOCA entries can be viewed online at www.vanceva.com/woca/winners.