NEWSLETTER AUG. 2012
THE JURY OF THE NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS 2011/ MADRID, OCTOBER 17TH 2011
Cricursa “represents a new concept of design as an essential tool and service to make real the development of avant-garde projects. The research in materials and the supply of new constructive solutions, today makes it possible to think of designs that not long ago would have died in the studio. Moreover, thanks to the teamwork encouragement, generating synergies and where production, along with the manufacturing side and together with the strictly creative aspect, contributes with a new factor presented as a model to other industries willing to read the design as an added value to potentiate the teamwork.”
Cricursa National Design Award 2011 In the 21st century, design can no longer be understood as simply an interesting chair or sophisticated typography. It must be taken as a medium. Design is the potential to improve that which surrounds us. And it is that particular quality which best describes the work of Cricursa, a company which has spent the last 82 years researching the potential of glass in transforming first objects, then buildings and now cities(1). Alejandro Sasplugas Moré and Fernando Figuerola Tutusaus founded the company in 1928. Barcelona was, at that time, preparing to welcome the world's fair, for which Mies van der Rohe would create his legendary pavilion. Cricursa's first job took place very near to that icon of the modern world: the glass of the lamps at the Montjuïc fountains(2). After the war, curved shop windows would appear and later still, in the final years of the dictatorship, mercury would be used to tint a new range of glass in order to create mirrors and spheres for outdoor decorations. At that time, a new generation of Sasplugas and Figuerolas (Alejandro and Fernando again) had taken control of the company. Research into glass was overcoming difficulties and opening new doors. In 1978, with the introduction of democracy, a new generation of managers bought a machine for laminating curved glass. Laminated or (1) Cricursa employees in the 50's.
(2) Fountains of Montjuic
Cricursa has collaborated with architects that have Pritzker Prize CRICURSA collaborates with world-class architectural the firmsin a multitude of projects around the world. Among themwe can highlight a wide range of architects that have won Pritzker Prize, the greatest distinction.
vacuum laminated, curved tempered or annealed glass started to be created from the catalogue of a company which, if already ambitious before, was now even more motivated with the idea of making real progress. Later still, we would see the arrival of bulletproof and solar control glass, ovens used to create curved, energy-efficient glass, and finally, a chamber for hydrophobic treatment, strange names for those essential inventions which were products of years of research. So why do Cricursa do research? It was clear that glass was as fundamental a component of modern architecture as concrete or steel. However, it was lacking the expressiveness of those other two. The company at Granollers took it upon themselves to resolve that situation. By collaborating with, conversing with and learning from architects, they understood that they had to work with glass as tailors work with cloth. And so, by creating personalised glass upon request, they were able to produce exemplary building façades, such as that of the emblematic skyscraper for the Bank of Bilbao which Francisco Javier Saénz de Oiza(3) aised in the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid, or that of the Kursaal(4) which Rafael Moneo (3) BBVA skyscraper project
Project San Jose Civic Center San Jose (CA) 2005 Architect Richard Meier & Partners Product Crisunid® California
(4) Kursaal project
Project Centro Cultural Óscar Niemeyer Aviés (Asturias) 2010 Architect Óscar Niemeyer Product Crisunid® Curvado
Project Museo EMP (Experience Music Project) Seattle 2000 Architect Frank O. Gehry Product Cridecor® Chromafusion
Proyecto Kursaal San Sebastián 1999 Architect Rafael Moneo Product Crisunid®
NEWSLETTER AUG. 2012
CRICURSA IN THE WORLD
FIRST SEMESTER - 2012
"As an architectural practice WATG prides itself in being aware of the current trends in the utilization of structural glazing; but even we were pleasantly surprised at the extent and diverse use of Cricursa glass."
- Qatar National Library (Doha) - FKI – Federation of Korean Industries (Seoul,Korea) - Puerto de Cartagena (Spain) - Princeton University (New Jersey, USA) - Wellington House (London, UK) - Casa V. (La Coruña, Spain)
- Centro Comercial Beaugrenelle Shopping Centre (Paris, France) - KAFD, (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) - Philarmonika (Novosibirsk, Russia) - Círculo de las Artes y la Tecnología (Segovia) - Chiswick Park B6 (London) - Library of Birmingham Scenic Elevators (UK)
Clive Knight Project Architect at WATG London, United Kingdom Architecture & Planning
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Hospital Rey Juan Carlos
Unique in the world, the rain-screen façade of the new hospital in Móstoles has exceeded all the expectations generated during the design stage. With around 1200 rhomboidal 4855 x 3357mm curved glass panels (6 different shapes), structurally glazed with white silicone, it is taking the bending glass technology to the limit, integrating a 450mm deep spherical
Crifusing® line has been in the market for many years and today it keeps having a lot of success throughout the architectural community due to Cricursa’s relentless improvements adapting Crifusing® to the new market challenges. The image shows a 15mm (5/8”) thick kilned formed low iron glass, laminated with SentryGlas interlayer. Crifusing® factory team is proud to have reached a solution
(New Jersey, USA)
to the architect’s needs: deeply textured cast glass with its second surface perfectly even, to enable a high quality autoclave lamination using stiff structural interlayers to confer the final panel the resistance and safety requested by Rafael Moneo’s office, architect of the project, for the new Neuroscience building in the Princeton University (NJ, USA).
(Riyadh) CRICURSA is back to the arabic peninsula again thanks to the beauty of the Crimar®, glass laminated with white translucent thin marble. Designed by FXFOWLE architects based in New York, King Abdulah Financial District - Parcel 5.05 is the second large project awarded to CRICURSA in Saudi Arabia. With a surface of 2500 square metres, Cricursa will deliver panels
up to 950x2600mm in double-glazed configuration, with the marble facing the outside. The testing the product has been submitted to, show the extraordinary behaviour of Crimar® when exposed to the elements.
geometry just in the centre of the unit. The architect, Rafael de La-Hoz, chose the Cridecor® line (curved glass with white ceramic frit, in this occasion) to achieve vision properties at the center of the panel, varying the frit density (more dense pattern at the perimeter) to get good thermal control and vision inside out.
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Emporia Commercial Mall Roca London Gallery (Malmö)
Working in collaboration with another Spanish company, FOLCRÀ and CRICURSA have joined forces to realise a steel and glass structure of exceptionally complex geometry. These two exterior coloured curved glass cascades, one orange and the other one blue, are the two main entrances to the mall. In this project we were challenged to produce individually unique panels
of unusually tightly controlled tolerance with maximum accuracy in order to make sure that the more than 700 different warping panels would fit perfectly into space. CRICURSA set up a 3D scanning section to measure not only the glass but also all the bending moulds before proceeding with the manufacture of these beautiful forms.
We are delighted to announce the completion of our first collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects (London office). This spectacular building presented us with challenges of unique, organic shapes using Cricursa Crislan® Low-E line, curved DGU with excellent u-value and shading coefficient, for their new showroom at Imperial Wharf, London. After Roca Barcelona
Gallery, design by OAB Arquitectura (Carlos, Lucia and Borja Ferrater), we are glad Roca keeps counting on Cricursa, and once again we enjoyed pushing the boundaries on this very challenging project.
CRIDECOR SENTRYGLAS® EXPRESSIONS™ I ONGOING PROJECTS
A great opportunity to make the most of the Cridecor SentryGlas® Expressions™ potential and get all its magic for this new curved and flat glass façade with panels of almost four metres in height. Laminating a double printed PVB interlayer, we reach an awesome depth effect to this exterior glazing
Oversized double-glazed units for this prestigious project in Novosibirsk, the third largest city in Russia. Cricursa has managed to deliver giant panels of bluish curved glass of almost six metres of girth and more than two metres in height with an excellent g-value, having an
in London. A cool changing leaves pattern printed with transparent coloured inks in RAL7004.
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(Novosibirsk, Russia) argon gas filled cavity and warmedge spacer to achieve the targeted u-value.
CRISLAN® LOW-E I FINISHED PROJECTS
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CRITEMP® I ONGOING PROJECTS
CRISLAN® LOW-E I PROJECTS RECENTLY AWARDED
FKI Federation of Korean Industries
Located in Oklahoma City, Myriad Gardens is one of the recently finished stunning projects designed by Gensler’s Washington DC office. CRICURSA has contributed in delivering the breathtaking views over the park, manufacturing oversized curved laminated glass for the restaurant. Installed by Lippert Bros., CRICURSA’s Crislan® low-e
Designed by the New York City architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the new Barnes Foundation opened May 19. Relocated on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, it counts with a cantilevered light box that covers the court between the Pavilion and the Collection Galleries. A sober but elegant glazing made out of
Beaugrenelle Shopping Centre (Paris)
(curved doubleglaze glass) has been the architect’s choice in order to reach the highest optical quality and transparency.
large Cridecor® soft satin laminated glass manufactured in Barcelona.
Designed by Valode & Pistre Architectes and located West side of Paris, Beaugrenelle Retail Centre will have glass covering large public atriums and façades made out of Cricursa Cridecor®, curved glass with customised ceramic frit, out of which one overlooks the shore of the Seine
river. The retail area will include shops, restaurants and a multi-theatre cinema complex.
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CRIDECOR® TEXTURA / CORRUGATED GLASS
MÉMORIAL À L'ABOLITION DE L'ESCLAVAGE / CRIDECOR® CHROME
SUMMARY FIRST HALF OF 2012
OUR CLIENTS Cool corrugated flat & curved glass. Cricursa’s NEW Cridecor Textura® opens a wide range of design possibilities either for flat or curved structures. Fully tailor-made, the product is available either annealed or tempered or laminated, always with the option of DGU, up to to 3800x1800mm. Larger dimensions may be available upon request.
EL PAÍS SEMANAL 1.841
Designed by the Chicago architects Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, the tower includes copious garden space and abundant natural light. The building features strong views of neighboring Yeoido Park, the Han River and the city. The sculptural podium, located on central Yeoi-Dae-Ro Avenue, is where CRICURSA will be showing the potential of the curved double-glazed units with Cridecor® Chromascreen
black & white dot matrix, with its one-way vision effect. The podium amenities include a banquet hall, central restaurant and conference center. The FKI, Federation of Korean Industries, represents major Korean companies such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai Motors. The new head office building broke ground in 2010 and is currently under construction, with completion slated for 2013.
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On Sunday March 25 the city of Nantes inaugurated the “Mémorial à l'abolition de l'esclavage” in commemoration of the victims of the slave trade (1500-1850). Hidden for years, the port of Nantes had an outstanding role in France. Designed by the architect Julian Bonder and the artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, consists of oversized Cridecor® Chrome laminated glass panels which contains names such as La Sénégalaise, L'Abondance or La Louisiane all making reference to the names of close to two
thousand ships that were sent to the Americas. In the memorial, there is also a declaration of human rights that says: "Nul ne sera in esclavage, or servitude, l'esclavage et tenu the Traité des esclaves sont interdits sous toutes leurs formes". MAS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 of masterpieces. New York City Center for Architecture Ennead Has won the top prize, "Best Restoration".