Project: Crystal Houses | Architects:
MVRDV, Gietermans & Van Dijk | Location:
Amsterdam, The Netherlands | Photography:
Sacgliola Brakkee PhotographyDubbed the ‘Crystal House’, Dutch architecture studio MVRDV used glass bricks to transform a Hermes boutique in Amsterdam’s high-end hub, PC Hooftstraat. The whole façade is constructed of Arctic Crystal glass bricks
sourced from the Venetian glass studio, Poesia, founded in 1986. The result is a ‘dissolving’ façade, where glass and traditional brick meet at the horizontal centre point of the façade. Co-founder of MVRDV Winy Mass, spoke of the potential for glass bricks to introduce variety back into older cities, telling Dezeen: “It enables global brands to combine the overwhelming desire of transparency with a couleur locale, and modernity with heritage”. There has never been a better time to experiment with alternative construction technology, and as ever-increasing urban renewal sees Victorian facades anew, Poesia glass bricks are an elegant complement to the cities of tomorrow.
Thomson Adsett | Photography:
Christopher Frederick Jones | Product:
Nubrik Artisan in WolfBeloved Scandi label COS opened their multi-level flagship Queensland store in Brisbane in 2018. Best known for their organic shapes and modern, relaxed styles, COS’s range perfectly reflects the laid-back lifestyle of Queenslanders, and so does the store itself. Designed by Thomson Adsett, the store is characterised by its all-brick façade comprised of Austral Bricks Nubrik Artisan bricks in Wolf
, creating an architectural statement with incredible street appeal. Whilst the store is inherently Scandinavian, the space was heavily inspired by Brisbane’s surrounding architecture, evident in the use of clean shapes and thoughtful lines throughout the design. With its contemporary, minimal aesthetic and calming neutral palette, COS Brisbane is a retail space like no other.