The Crystal by Schmidt/Hammer/Lassen
“The Crystal” is a freestanding extension of the Nykredit financial building in Copenhagen, Denmark. Nykredit’s head office building, known as the “Glass Cube,” serves as a complementary neighboring structure. The appropriately named “Crystal” possesses a translucent geometric shape that makes for a compelling architectural design.
According to schmidt hammer lassen architects, the building consumes 25 percent less energy than the existing energy legislation requires. The energy efficiency is achieved by the building’s rooftop solar panels, a triple-layered glass façade that provides insulation, and the use of seawater for air conditioning. Rainwater run-off is collected and used to operate the toilet systems throughout the building.
SHL architects created this sustainable building using multi-faceted glass that is double-glazed with a silk-printed design to allow the building to adapt to changing light conditions throughout the day. A feature of the ‘outer-glazing system’ is to abate direct sunlight infiltration. The foundation is a rhombic construction that allows the building to appear to rest on a single axis.
In 2011, “the Crystal” won both the European Steel Design Award and the Emirates Glass LEAF Award for the ‘Best Structural Design of the Year.’
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