MVRDV’s Crystal House

MVRDV Architects have used pioneering glass brick technology replacing the existing brickwork to captivate the stunning façade, recreating the city’s traditional architectural style into a crystal house for the Chanel boutique flagship in Amsterdam.

This innovative façade is a first of its kind. The glass bricks are bonded with a transparent glue, which, according to MVRDV, is ‘stronger than concrete’. Towards the upper levels, the glass bricks gradually merge with the original brickwork to create a seamless transition up through the façade.

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Written by Alice Dean
Photography by Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee