Vetreria Airoldi Office and Showroom / Buratti + Battiston


Our friends at Abitare published several works by Italian firm Buratti + Battiston, an architect and engineer, respectively. With a strong grasp of aesthetics as their foundation for creating spaces, their Vetreria Airoldi Office + Showroom works with the characteristics of colored glass to form a contemporary working space.

More images and more about the project after the break.

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.


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.


“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.


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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Vetreria Airoldi Office and Showroom / Buratti + Battiston" 29 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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