Materiality is an essencial element in Architecture. The materials that architects use, talks about the place, the time and the society in which are built. Its use has a purpose; to reflect a message. Glass has always been a very special material, because of its appearance it allows many design possibilities.
The glass represents fragility and transparency, it can be colored, or have different opacity and it is always a great partner with the rest of materials.
Today in this More With Less ranking we have chosen 10 projects where glass is the most important material in both design and construction.
Calders house, work of the studio NARCH, is located in Calders (a small town in the center of Catalonia), and it is the new home of a couple with two children. The plot is on the edge of the village with the natural park of “SantLlorenç del Munt i l’Obac” just in front.
En la In hectic Bangkok, in the neighbourhood of Thonglor is a haven called Patom Organic Living. A project by Nita Yuvaboon and Prow Puttorngul, founders of the architecture studio Nitaprow. The project houses a 25 seat café and a showroom for Patom body care products. Patom Organic products come from raw materials produced and cultivated at the Patom Organic Farm in Nakorn Pathom province in Thailand.
Estudi Lacy is the new architecture studio for Sauquet Arquitectes. Designed by themselves, it is located at the ground floor of an ancient house in Sabadell, refurbished and converted into the new use. The space, that was at first a workshop and a garage later, responds to the traditional residential Catalan typology from the early 20th century; a space with a very long and narrow geometry. A 4m wide single diaphanous room leads to an exterior bathroom and a porch opened to the south facing patio, which originally was a pool.
The works of art that are desplayed within museums need a building which preserves its conditions, which respects its antiquity and which takes care of its materials. This is like display them in a room where time drags, where years ago time stopped, this is like display them in a frozen time wall cavity, and when each visitor comes into can live and notice that work of art in its original conditions. When Thomas Phifer was commissioned the design of the forth wing of the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, he knew that he was going to create a new experience, a new way of living art and design. He decided to create something that’s otherwise, a museum of glass which shows how time is moving on and we together with time, how the techniques have developed and how today’s craftsmans, designers and artists create and invent new ways of working materials.
Diáñez House is located in the town of Alcalá de los Gazules, in Cadiz, the refurbishment of this stately home prototype from the XVII century, by the architects Reina and Associates, achieves the adaptation of this domestic space as a center of historical and ethnographic interpretation of the city and its territorial surroundings.
The Gastropavilion, work of Tuñon Arquitectos studio, will serve as a meeting point for teachers, visitors, employees and students, as well as a gastronomic reception place for international guests at the ETH Zurich.
There are certain principles encoded in traditional folk architecture, verified by the generations that have past, which are still relevant to today’s sensibilities. Slovakian architects JRKVC have looked back to them to come up with the design of IST, a 85sqm house in Čunovo, Slovakia, which shows a fusion of old and contemporary architecture and tries to reduce its ecological footprint and energy waste.
Burrows Road Glazed Envelop is a restoration and an intervention in a typical English house. Located in Kensai Rise, near Notting Hill, London, UK, Rise Design architecture studio, has carried out this project.
Architect Vladimir Radutny has renovated the apartment 9C in the iconic 860-880 Lake Shore Drive complex by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Chicago, using a restrained palette to show off the architecture and the views.
House in Conde de Torrejón is the rehabilitation of a house in the city center in Seville. The project, by the architect Pablo Baruc, is located in a corner plot, with a twenty meters of facade and five meters of depth.