St. Louis-based Solutia Inc. has announced the winners of its
sixth annual Solutia Design Awards, recognizing architects, designers
and laminators for outstanding architectural and design projects
that demonstrate innovative uses of Vanceva and Saflex brand interlayers.
An international jury of nine industry professionals awarded winners
in four categories based on significance and aesthetic appeal
of design, creative use of laminated glass and attention paid
to safety, structural, security and noise-reduction issues.
Designers at Wilkerson Eyre, London won in the institutional
category for their creation, the "Bridge of Aspiration"
for the Royal Ballet School London. The twisted form of glass,
timber and aluminum serves as a footbridge for the London Royal
Ballet School and is comprised of 23 wooden frames connected by
laminated glass that incorporates a safety glass interlayer.
In the commercial category, architect Fernando Romero of Mexico
won for the Palmas Corporate Building, the corporate headquarters
of a Mexican financial institution. The design featured Solutia's
Designer Tobias Lundquist of Miloby Ideas Systems used laminated
glass to create the Lucini Italia Company, the Miami home for
an Italian gourmet foods company. Green laminated glass was chosen
for use throughout the offices, coordinating with and creating
a background for the label on the company's signature product,
extra virgin olive oil.
In the installations category, architect Hal Ingberg of Montreal
created the garden installation "Colored Reflections,"
using Vanceva Design interlayers to create a courtyard-like enclosure.