MVRDV (with a whole collaborative team) have created a new technology for glass construction to realise the design for their new ‘Crystal Houses’ flagship store project in Amsterdam. The entire building was demolished and built again using contemporary construction methods with a large section of the historic facade’s brickwork replaced with glass bricks, glass window frames and glass architraves. The idea was to explore a way of creating contemporary flagship stores in Amsterdam without destroying the heritage character of the area and the result appears to be rather spectacular.
The project, conceptualised by MVRDV, was developed and constructed as part of a multi-team collaboration including Gietermans & Van Dijk Architects, Delft University of Technology, Brouwer & Kok engineers, ABT consulting engineers, Poesia (brand of Vetreria Resanese) glass manufacturers from Venice, Italy and contractor Wessels Zeist.
Place: Chanel Store
Photographer: Daria Scagliola and Stijn Brakkee
Map: Chanel Store Map
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