The glass block has now joined the elite of materials that are the main characters of the most significant architectural works of our time such as the Hermès Building in the Ginza district in the heart of Tokyo.
A transparent monolith, the building has been built using a totally innovative type of glass block, the Q42. This is the largest glass block in the world and is the result of our collaboration with one of the most prestigious architects of our days: Renzo Piano.
The CURVE 24 block, which was created to finish off the corners of this building, has a linear internal face that matches the external curved face. The recent Q33 block offers the same strong aesthetic impact in terms of mass and volume of glass that have been spectacularly achieved with the Q42 block but on a smaller scale.
Ginza comes from “Gin”, Japanese for silver. And the Q42, CURVE 24 and Q33 blocks derive their lightness and brightness from the silver reflections that have been achieved with a new and exclusive metallisation process of the lateral profile.
These are large glass blocks ideal for exteriors and large façades and as elegant furnishing solutions for interiors. Owing to their “wings”, whose depth is 25mm, the large Ginza blocks like the standard 19×19 Pegasus blocks can be assembled leaving as little space between blocks as possible to hide supporting elements altogether. Therefore, full glass walls can be created where the “glass mass” becomes the
$90.25 – $120.00
Solution: Smart Architecture
Product line: Design
Glass Design: Smooth
Dimensions: 30x30x8/10 cm
Doric is an extremely original glass block. For the first time, in fact, glass design has become three-dimensional showing in relief the motif of the famous columns of the Greek temples.
Rafael Moneo, a leading figure of contemporary architecture, felt compelled to combine the modern and innovative nature of glass blocks with such an influential historical icon and used it for the Library of the University of Deusto, a university founded by the Jesuits and based in Bilbao. Doric is a large glass block (30x30cm) originating from Pegasus as shown by the 10mm wings along the entire block. Thanks to the wings, all the supporting elements inside the joints cannot be seen.
For the first time a three-dimensional motif is applied to the external surface of a glass block that is not longer smooth but sinuous and in relief. This has been achieved with parallel grooves that protrude externally by 20mm on one side and internally on the other side of the block.
This is another step that Seves Glassblock has taken to explore some of the incredible potential of glass blocks, in keeping with the choices and requirements of modern architecture, where a product, commonly thought of as “poor”, becomes sculpting material. The glass block takes on unique features thanks to the motif and, together with the typical and essential features of the glass, creates spectacular effects for artistic, architectural and design purposes.
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