Six N. Five is an art direction and imagery studio based in Barcelona, Spain. They shared an experimental 3D art mixed with architecture titled 'the Japanese Garden' series.
Having visited Amsterdam before, I did saw the construction of MVRDV's Crystal Houses. I didn't understand its architecture and uniqueness at first but learning about it now makes even more sense. So the Crystal Houses is a store located in Amsterdam, Netherlands designed by the amazing folks from MVRDV who has received International recognition since their opening in 2016. Its particular uniqueness? Well it's built with a jewel-like façade with materials provided by glass manufacturer Poesia and Delo Industrial Adhesives. The outcome was a dreamlike shopfront which combines the intricate complexity of traditional brick construction with the transparency of a retail façade. It has now been renovated and re-opened for French luxury brand Hermès.
In their words
Created for Amsterdam-based retail real-estate company Warenar, Crystal Houses was envisioned as a recreation of the traditional houses that make up PC Hooftstraat, with a dramatic twist: the usual brick façade is replaced by a glass replica, which dissolves into the traditional terracotta bricks on the upper level.
All images © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee
- Architect: MVRDV
- Principal in charge: Winy Maas
- Design Team: Gijs Rikken, Mick van Gemert, Marco Gazzola, Renske van der Stoep, Antonio Luca Coco
- Copyright MVRDV: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries
- Co-Architect: Gietermans & Van Dijk Wim Gietermans, Arjan Bakker, Tuğrul Avuçlu
- Manufacturer glass bricks: Poesia (brand of Vetreria Resanese): Ivano Massarotto
- Importer of Delo glue: Siko - Rob Janssen
- Contractor: Wessels Zeist - Robert van der Hoef, Richard van het Ende, Marco and Ronald Van de Poppe
- Constructor: Brouwer & Kok - Paul Brouwe
- ABT: Rob Nijsse
- Research: Delft University of Technology - Frederic A. Veer, Faidra Oikonomopoulou, Telesilla Bristogianni
- Municipality aesthetics commission: Wealth - Charlotte ten Dijke, Ellis van den Hoek, Natasha Hogen, Patrick Koschuch, Alexander Pols, Gus Tielens, Marcel van Winsen, Pepijn Diepenveen
- Visualisations: CIID