Project of the Month

Art Deco and Recycled Glass Combine to Create a Luxurious Façade

A new Bulgari flagship store in Shanghai Plaza 66, a major shopping mall in Shanghai, features a green, jade-like façade designed by MVRDV. Constructed with recycled champagne, beer and other glass bottles, the storefront’s green color serves as an homage to China’s most precious stone, jade.

The Shanghai façade is mostly windowless, and the cornice motif is used in layered panels to form an Art-Deco-inspired pattern. Additionally, the storefront’s use of green glass and gold-colored brass trim resembles the look of jade jewelry.

The panels are made of compressed green glass, a material effect to create a translucent finish. At night, a backlight behind the panels allows the store to glow, highlighting the textural quality of the glass. The glass is completely recycled, produced at the Magna factory in Teutschenthal, Germany, which specializes in glass treatment.

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