On the famous and most exclusive shopping street in Amsterdam, the P.C. Hooftstraat, a new design jewel brightens the day. The façade of number 138, features three curved glass boxes descending from the upper floors, resembling the flow of billowing/frisky fabrics. The glass boxes start flush with the adjacent buildings and cantilever outward while moving upward. This gradual movement emanates a fluidity you wouldn’t associate with glass.
For this façade, developer Warenar Real Estate brought together a team of specialists of UNStudio, Arup and Octatube. Octatube was invited as a Design & Build partner to do the pre-engineering, technical design, production and assembly.
Iris Rombouts (Octatbue) and Chris Noteboom (Arup) reveal the fascinating engineering behind the curved glass façade ‘boxes’ of P.C. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam.
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Photo by Eva Bloem