MVRDV Crystal House Transparent Brick Amsterdam
Photo credit: Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee | MVRDV
MVRDV completed this so called “crystal house” in Amsterdam for Chanel back in 2016, complete with a transparent brick facade. Now, the store has reopened for luxury fashion house Hermès. For those who’d like to are in the city and would like to visit, it’s located on the shopping street PC Hooftstraat. Yes, lots of design work went into seamlessly blending the glazed bricks with the traditional brick façade of the apartments above, as required by the city. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

“The project was originally conceived as a temporary venue for chanel. However, due to its spatial requirements, the impact of the façade’s transparency was diminished by a blind wall on the first floor. For the new Hermès store, interior designers Bureau de Binnenstad removed this wall and opened the floor to the exterior, allowing visitors to see the full effect for the first time,” reports Design Boom.

MVRDV Crystal House


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