Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2015
Международный архитектурный конкурс «Central Glass» в этом году отмечает свое 50-летие. Состязание традиционно проводится с целью выявления новых возможностей использования стекла в архитектуре, поиска оригинальных концепций и инновационных решений. Организаторы не ограничивают участников узкой темой. Единственное пожелание к конкурсантам – попытаться переосмыслить роль стекла в архитектурном творчестве.
The Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition marks its 50th year, this time. In commemoration, we have chosen a theme inquiring into the essential meaning of glass, “The Glass.”
Glass, while the simplest of building materials, is yet a subject of profound depth. Glass environmentally shields inside from outside while leaving them visually continuous. However obvious this may seem, the role of glass in architecture grows larger and more complex, the more we ponder it.
One cannot discuss modern architecture without referring to glass. Advances in materials and equipment have made building environments more comfortable. Yet, among them, glass stands out for its critical role in creating hospitable environments for people. Hereafter, glass will no doubt maintain its importance to architecture, as high-function glass products successively appear.
On the other hand, advances in glass performance may, to the contrary, inhibit architecture’s freedom. By entirely shutting out exterior noise and air, does glass truly create a comfortable space? We grow so accustomed to the relationship of glass to architecture, we neglect to consciously give play to the true fascination of glass.
Our theme this time, “The Glass”, is intended to provide opportunity for re-thinking the role fulfilled by glass in architecture, in hopes that the relationship between glass and architecture might be made even richer. Through our study of this theme, we may be able to produce a new dynamic balance between architecture and glass.
To discover the new in everyday life – such is a perpetual theme for architectural design. We invite entrants to propose their vision of the preferable relationship between glass and architecture.