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Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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The proposal is based on the study of the glass properties and on the effects obtained in the glass by the application of diverse techniques.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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On the urban scale, it seeks to integrate the Taipei Art Park, the Chungsham park and the new spaces created within the site, all of them linked by a new Glass Art Promenade.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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The museum is decentralized and uses different buildings and pavilions, widespread in the area.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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The public space generated by the green areas around the museum is introduced inside the building.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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Three glazed cubes with sides of 32, 24 and 12 m are visible from the city and create the image of the museum.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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Each cube is identified with one natural element:

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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1 The big volume (Glass Cube ‘Water’) is identified with water and takes from it properties such as the different degrees of transparency and the refraction of the light.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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Within this ‘water’ cube, some ‘bubbles’ of air are located. The main ‘bubble’ is a big empty inner space that shelters two Glass Walls, 8m high each. The secondary ‘bubbles’ are resting spaces.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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The Glass Cube ‘Water’ shelters basically exhibition programme.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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2 The medium volume (Glass Cube ‘Fire’) is identified with the fire and it is characterized by its warm inner atmosphere and the sparkling reflections of its cubic golden core.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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3 The smallest volume (Glass Pavilion ‘Wind’) is designed as a fresh breeze of wind that evolves over itself creating a light and dynamic pavilion, full of color.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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The different inner spaces such as workshops, the Meditation room, the Master Piece room, etc are carefully designed combining adequately proportions, lights, materials, colors, textures, smells and sounds in order to offer the visitor a space according to each function at every moment.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Glass Art Museum - Short-listed Competition / Second Prize

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FLEXIBILITY: The design is based on clear conceptual points that accept a high degree of flexibility.

GREEN BUILDING: The proposal seeks to minimize the use of ‘active systems’ (i.e. systems that use electro-mechanical devices) that will immediately mean energy savings and a low environmental impact.

AWARD: short-listed competition / second prize


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This project appeared on europaconcorsi home page slideshow dedicated to dutch architecture. The series was realized in cooperation with Miguel Loos. We thank him for his help, kindness and professional advice.

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