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RollinRollin Posts: 1,549 Captain

Chanel recently opened doors to its new flagship in Amsterdam, with a swanky new space designed as a transparent glass spectacle inspired by Dutch heritage. Netherlands-based architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV molded a glass extension onto the existing building’s terracotta bricks to mimic the original facade, creating a design that seems to float above the stone building. “Crystal Houses make space for a remarkable flagship store, respect the structure of the surroundings and bring a poetic innovation in glass construction. It enables global brands to combine the overwhelming desire of transparency with a couleur locale and modernity with heritage. It can thus be applied everywhere in our historic centres,” said MVRDV co-founder and architect Winy Maas. Set inside a grand stone building on high-end shopping street PC Hooftstraat, the shop is made of glass bricks, glass architraves and glass window frames stronger than concrete that took 6-10 experts working on it every day for one year with high-tech lasers, laboratory grade UV-lamps, and even Dutch full-fat milk. The shop also runs on renewable energy sources, having been built around a ground source heat pump with 170 meters (almost 560 feet) of pipes that supply an optimal indoor temperature year-round.


  • BallaCoiPersiciBallaCoiPersici Posts: 8,384 Admiral
    Very cool
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  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,397 Captain
    Wonder what the average cost per glass brick would calculate out to. It is very cool looking.
  • RollinRollin Posts: 1,549 Captain
    Chuckc wrote: »
    Wonder what the average cost per glass brick would calculate out to. It is very cool looking.

    Ladling the hot glass into Graphite molds can be low tech and not too costly. The water tempering and machining suggests a more expensive product. I think these ending up costing a lot.
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