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Vetreria Airoldi Office and Showroom / Buratti + Battiston

© BURATTI + BATTISTON ARCHITECTS
© BURATTI + BATTISTON ARCHITECTS

The office + showroom is an entire experimentation of glass.  On the exterior, the vertical fins and the chosen color create a strong presence on the block, immediately attracting attention to its simplistic and elegant aesthetic.    Moving to the interior, the main staircase seems to be effortlessly floating in the middle of the room as it is assembled without visible fixing screws.  ”The idea is to use three glass screen with horizontal glass bands glued lacking a space where inserting glass stair-steps, like shelves blocked by sides,” added the firm.

© BURATTI + BATTISTON ARCHITECTS
© BURATTI + BATTISTON ARCHITECTS

Every component of the project, from the footbridges on the first floor to even the partition walls, are made completely of glass.  Varying the texture and the color of the glass creates different zones in the space that possess their own identity, such as the dividing screen on the first floor where the overlapping of colored glass high-to-floor panels creates several particular intermediate colors.

© BURATTI + BATTISTON ARCHITECTS
© BURATTI + BATTISTON ARCHITECTS

“For us, glass is light, color, geometries, reflections, deepness, transparency and opacity, movement and special effects: a material able to build up speciality to an architectural space,” explained the firm.

© BURATTI + BATTISTON ARCHITECTS
© BURATTI + BATTISTON ARCHITECTS
Cite:Karen Cilento. "Vetreria Airoldi Office and Showroom / Buratti + Battiston" 29 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/71130/vetreria-airoldi-office-and-showroom-buratti-battiston/>