Bring playfulness to any façade
Type of Glass
Chicago based architects Muller+Muller were selected to lead the expansion, and were immediately faced with a unique challenge. The school is located in one of Chicago's landmark districts, which means that the city imposes guidelines to preserve the architecture and historical significance of the area. With this in mind, Muller+Muller architects set out to design the new wing as an extension of the original building, with a distinct modern touch. To achieve this, materials used on the original structure, including: brick, terra cotta, and dark bronze were matched, however a new, distinctly modern material was added to highlight the rooftop play area, colorful dichroic glass panels.
"The dichroic glass added a playfulness to the façade and the children’s play area by rendering a vibrant array of colors onto it’s many exterior surfaces.
Glass In Action
Goldray's dichroic glass creates a unique product that transmits and reflects light, and produces a brilliant color shift when viewed at different angles. Nicholas Micheels, an architect on the Muller+Muller project team, explains why dichroic laminated glass was chosen as “it added a playfulness to the façade and the children’s play area by rendering a vibrant array of colors onto it’s many exterior surfaces”.
Once complete, the architectural dichroic glass facade serves a dual purpose, adding intrigue when viewed from the street level and a colorful, whimsical appeal to the children’s play area. Nicholas enjoys working with dichroic glass as it “behaves in a way that doesn’t immediately make sense, one pane of glass can yield different results based on where you observe it from. This makes the user experience much more engaging and full of color”.
Craig MacGregor - MacGregor Architectural Products
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