Glass bricks

One of the most recent projects of the Dutch architectural bureau MVRDV is the reconstruction of the façade of a building situated in the historic centre of Amsterdam, in one of the most popular commercial streets. What is interesting in this reconstruction is the fact that the façade of the first two floors is built with glass bricks which replicate the original ones with all minute detail without changing the outlook of the building. These bricks are gradually replaced by regular ones for the upper floors which is a requirement for the buildings in this area of the city. The development of the project called for a comprehensive preliminary technical preparation. A new constructive method has been developed which contributes to the strength of the façade despite its delicacy.

Снимки: Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

More in issue 1/2017 of MD MAGAZINE.

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