Stylish Bonding

Stylish Bonding

DELO adhesives in Crystal Houses Amsterdam

With the Chanel glass flagship store, Amsterdam gained an  architectural highlight. Because the old brickwork has been replaced by glass blocks. DELOʼs products, more precisely the adhesives, were used for bonding the more than 7,000 handmade glass elements of the façade. Thanks to the special properties of the PHOTOBOND adhesives, the bonding stays permanently transparent.

With the Crystal Houses Amsterdam, the architects of MVRDV have created something unique. The complete façade of the old brick house has been removed and replaced by new, transparent glass blocks. The frame of door and windows are also completely made out of glass elements. Design plays a major role, particularly in the luxury goods sector. The architects have really succeeded in letting the façade of Crystal Houses stand out of the other shop façades in the street. The glass façade is an eye-catcher and lights brightly, especially in the dark. DELO PHOTOBOND adhesives have been used in order to join the glass blocks reliably together. These adhesives are characterized by their great elasticity and are tension-equalizing. 

This characteristic is a particularly important one, especially in a façade that is exposed to atmospheric influences like rainfall and heat. Moreover, the adhesives do not yellow even after years, but remain transparent, which is of utmost importance when bonding decorative elements like perfume bottles. The reliable adhesives made it therefore possible to do completely without traditional mortar. Compared to conventional building adhesives that mostly cure at room temperature, DELO PHOTOBOND reaches its full strength thanks to UV light. The extensive bonding of the glass elements have been cured by the DELOLUX 20 / 400 flood lamps produced by DELO. 

Standing out: The glass façade of the Chanel store
Standing out: The glass façade of the Chanel store (All photos on this page: © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee)
Looks like an ice palace: Even the window frames are made of glass
Looks like an ice palace:
Even the window frames are made of glass