Glassblocks in the history of architecture.
The history of glassblocks dates back to the end of the nineteenth century and is still viable today in buildings that have left permanent and inspiring marks in the history of modern architecture.
Examples of this include Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre in Paris (1928-1932 “Nevada” Glassblock - Saint Gobain prod.) and Augusto Terragni’s Casa del Fascio in Como (1932-1936 “IPERFAN” Glassblock - Fidenza Vetraria prod.). Both architects were part of the movement catalysed by Le Corbusier and German expressionist architects such as Bruno Taut and Walter Gropius, just to name a few. They considered glass to be a revolutionary material as opposed to weary, traditional clay bricks.
More recent citations include Renzo Piano’s Maison Hermès in Tokyo (1999-2001 “Ginza” Glassblock - Vetroarredo prod.), embodying Le Corbusier’s utopian concept of the ideal house as a lantern, and Rafael Moneo’s Deusto Library in Bilbao (2008-2010 “Dorico” Glassblock - Seves prod.), a crystal temple of knowledge.
A long and fascinating history in which Fidenza Vetraria, now Bormioli Rocco, played the role of uncontested protagonist for sixty years from 1930.
An important protagonist of the past now active again as Bormioli Rocco with the firm intention of contributing, as before, to fostering a new season of beauty.
1926/1932 Maison de verre - Pierre Chareau
1934 Advertising IPERFAN Fidenza Vetraria
2008-2010 Biblioteca Deusto Bilbao (ES) - Rafael Moneo