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  • Location: Japan
  • Date Completed:12/31/2010
  • Glass Laminator/Supplier: AGC Japan | www.agc.com
  • Photography: AGC Japan

Sky-Hued Glass Partitions Provide Separation, Maintain Transparency 


Seeking to defy the conventional perception of glass in architecture as merely clear and flat, the designers of the AGC Studio used the vibrant hues of Vanceva® color interlayer technology for laminated glass to partition their showrooms. A deep, glowy orange hue was selected for one wall to evoke a sunrise or sunset. On the opposite wall, an intense blue takes center stage. By emulating colors of the sky in this showroom, the architects were able to integrate nature into a design dominated by inorganic, solid building materials.

The use of laminated glass in this design also allowed the designer to manipulate people’s perceived sense of distance by utilizing properties of color and glass. The noise-cancelling characteristic of laminated glass frees users from disturbance, while the transparency of the walls still permits a sense of openness within the workspace. In spaces that would normally require more privacy, this openness is moderated by the Vanceva® color interlayers within the laminated glass walls. Upon viewing the showroom from the outside, the blue and orange hues combine into a complementary grey shade. Figures inside the room are then silhouetted in color on a monochromatic background, allowing viewers to be physically separated but psychologically connected. 

Other aspects of design were kept to a minimum for this project in order to fully emphasize the use of laminated glass. Lighting, fire-extinguishers, and air conditioners were carefully covered by metal plates. The designer spent a substantial amount of time testing and tweaking the hue of the interlayers to find the best pair for the complementary color effect. Most importantly, the designer made sure to align the glass partitions as carefully and exactly as possible to achieve a maximum effect.

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