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PRADA Aoyama

PRADA Aoyama
2003 Tokyo,Japan

5-2-6 Minami Aoyama Minato-ku
Tokyo Japan

Architect: Herzog & de Meuron

d0079151_313291.jpgCricursa glasses for the Herzog & de Meuron project
Cricursa manufactured and supplied the curved glass of the new Prada store in Tokyo, designed by Herzog & de Meuron. This 6 story building is wrapped with a surprising glass skin which gives it an impressive look. The transparent façades and the hip roof (installed by Josef Gartner GmbH) are covered with rhomboid glasses, either flat or with an ellipsoid curve, that act as eyes between the store and the city.

These bent glasses manufactured by Cricursa are unique. Some of them seem to be sucked in, while others are puckered outward, as if the building were breathing. Depending on the time of the day, the light touches the convex and concave glass panels resulting into multiple shades and reflections, creating amazing visual effects, and giving the building an "oscillating character", in the words of the architects.This bubbled glass, not only offers artistic values to the building, but also maintains all its functional properties.


Model Works : PRADA Aoyama
Each panel has a build up which includes two glass panes, an inner single laminated glass and a 12 mm monolithic outer pane, composing an Insulated Glass Unit. The inner pane follows the compound shape of the outer glass, giving a uniform and constant airspace in between. This precision, has only been possible due to the high degree of accuracy achieved during the manufacturing process. Not only the achievement of the shape has been extremely successful, but also an important clue for this goal has been to give the right flatness all around the perimeter so the glasses could properly sit on the substructure were they have been siliconed. Avoiding any distortion due to the process, and keeping the optical properties to the highest standards requested by the architect, has been also a great success. This has only been possible thanks to the team work achieved during the long process, were all parties have been positively involved.

by another29 | 2003-12-01 03:07 | □Architecture

Sagrada Familia


Sagrada Familia
El Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia

Mallorca 401 08013 Barcelona

website: www.sagradafamilia.org

Architect: Antoni Gaudi






by another29 | 2003-11-07 03:02 | □Architecture

Dominus Winery

Dominus Winery
1997 Napa Valley,California,USA

2570 Napanook Road
Yountville, CA 94599 USA

Dominus Estate
website: www.dominusestate.com

Architect: Herzog & de Meuron


winery was designed by the Swiss architects, Herzog and de Meuron. Best known for the Tate Modern in London, their first project in the United States was Dominus. In 2001, Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were awarded the Pritzker Prize, the highest honor in architecture.Known for their innovative architectural design, their approach was to integrate the winery into the landscape, echoing our belief that the vineyard is of utmost importance. Indeed, from a distance, the gabion structure dissolves into the landscape and it has been dubbed by the locals "the stealth winery."

Filled with basalt rocks from the nearby American Canyon, the stainless steel baskets are both an aesthetic and technical choice. Generally used to retain dirt along highways, here the gabions are used to moderate the extreme temperatures of the Napa Valley.

Dominus' glass offices provide panoramic views, allowing us to follow at all times the activity in the vineyard, key to producing a great wine.

by another29 | 2003-11-01 19:59 | □Architecture

Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo

Passeig de Gracia 43

website: www.casabatllo.cat

Architect: Antoni Gaudi

One of the most celebrated of the works of Gaudi, the colourful Casa Batllo is known for its elaborate decoration and forms derived from nature. From the balconies resembling the bones of animals to the scale like surface of the front facade, the building is a tour de force of an artist reaching the peak of his powers. At night the floodlit facade has an iridescence like the scales of a fish. This polychromic finish is known as trencadis.
At the first floor level is a sculptural stone loggia framing windows decorated with stained glass that resembles a gaping open mouth or melting caverns. Above the main facade is a fabulous tiled roof with Gaudi's trademark elaborately shaped chimneys. This curved roof is said to represent St George and the dragon. St George is a patron saint of Catalunya as well as England.


by another29 | 2002-12-14 23:11 | □Architecture


Ryoan-ji / 龍安寺
1450 Kyoto,Japan

website: www.ryoanji.jp

d0079151_16284054.jpgThe Temple is located in Kyoto, Japan. Belonging to the Myōshinji school of the Rinzai branch of Zen Buddhism, the temple is one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The site of the temple was originally a Fujiwara family estate. It eventually came into the hands of the Hosokawa clan branch of the Fujiwaras. Hosokawa Katsumoto inherited the residence, and lived here before the Ōnin War. After Katsumoto's death, he willed the war-ravaged property to be converted into a Zen sect temple complex. Later Hosokawa emperors are grouped together in what are today known as the "Seven Imperial Tombs" at Ryoan-ji. The burial places of these emperors -- Uda, Kazan, Ichijō, Go-Suzaku, Go-Reizei, Go-Sanjō, and Horikawa -- would have been comparatively humble in the period after their deaths. These tombs reached their present state as a result of the 19th century restoration of imperial sepulchers (misasagi) which were ordered by Emperor Meiji.


The Rock Garden - "Seki-tei" To many, the temple's name is synonymous with the temple's famous karesansui (dry landscape) rock garden, thought to have been built in the late 1400s. The garden consists of raked gravel and fifteen moss-covered boulders, which are placed so that, when looking at the garden from any angle only fourteen of the boulders are visible at one time. It is traditionally said that only through attaining enlightenment would one be able to view the fifteenth boulder (Also, if facing the garden from the far right and about 8 feet back a person of about 1.82m(6ft) in height can see all 15 boulders, though the small boulder farthest to the left appears to be part of the much larger boulder immediately next to it)


by another29 | 2002-12-03 16:27 | □Architecture


1935 Pennsylvania

website: www.paconserve.org

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright

Fallingwater, also known as the Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. Residence, is a house designed by American architect F. L.Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. The house was built partly over a waterfall in Bear Run at Rural Route 1 in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains.


Fallingwater stands as one of Wright's greatest masterpieces both for its dynamism and for its integration with the striking natural surroundings. The extent of Wright's genius in integrating every detail of this design can only be hinted at in photographs. This organically designed private residence was intended to be a nature retreat for its owners. The house is well-known for its connection to the site: it is built on top of an active waterfall which flows beneath the house. The fireplace hearth in the living room is composed of boulders found on the site and upon which the house was built — one set of boulders which was left in place protrudes slightly through the living room floor. Wright had initially intended that these boulders would be cut flush with the floor, but this had been one of the Kaufmann family's favorite sunning spots, so Mr. Kaufmann insisted that it be left as it was. The stone floors are waxed, while the hearth is left plain, giving the impression of dry rocks protruding from a stream.


by another29 | 2002-09-28 03:14 | □Architecture