LASVIT created its biggest artwork in Europe – The Iceberg

Published 27 Jul 2021

The spacious entrance hall of the office building Bořislavka is newly lit up by The Iceberg – a majestic peak of crystal glass. LASVIT designed this custom-made artistic installation exclusively for Bořislavka Centrum, whose architecture has been meticulously and organically thought out. The Iceberg has become LASVIT’s biggest artwork not only in Prague and Czech Republic, but in all of Europe.

The Iceberg audaciously floats above the spacious entrance hall of the Bořislavka Centrum office building, the new home of KKCG headquarters. “I found it very challenging to work with such a huge space and such unique technology,” says LASVIT’s Art Director and The Iceberg’s designer Maxim Velčovský. The glass monument occupies an area of 463 square meters of the entrance hall’s ceiling and reminds every guest of the astonishing power of nature, offering a moment of cool refreshment in the bustling heart of the Czech capital.

A magnificent living organism

The Iceberg’s giant panels are made of flat sintered glass that gradually light up to create the impression of a living organism, and its glass peak stands out from the wooden surface which symbolizes the sea. The installation consists of a total of 110 glass components and 1503 pressed wooden boards.

“Icebergs are quite a big topic for me. They conceal secrets, because seven eighths of their mass are hidden underwater. You’ve got billions cubic metres of ice there. And once it melts, it becomes water and evaporates into clouds,” describes Maxim Velčovský, LASVIT’s Art Director and the piece’s designer.

Symbiosis of glass, wood and hand-made patterns

Glassmakers used flat glass sintered on Trennmittel base, drilled and heat-cured. The designer manually created a pattern for the base into which the glass was sintered. The wooden boards differ in their length, shape and width, each of them unique, creating a wave-like effect. If the slats were stacked behind each other, they would form a line 1.2 kilometers long. The wooden slats are variously perforated, creating a grid in which the glass components are hung, so that light can pass through, highlighting the handmade decor of each glass piece.

With respect for architecture

While designing The Iceberg, Maxim Velčovský also wanted to emphasize the architectural intention of Aulík Fišer Architekti. “I believe it is great that in Bořislavka the architects saw the building as a whole and they took great care about how the interiors, details, public space, but also the flowers and greenery inside would fit together,” says Velčovský.

The Iceberg installation is a beautiful example of synergy between glass and wood, as well as cutting-edge technology and Bohemian craftsmanship. LASVIT designers take pride in playing with natural materials such as wood, glass, metal or stone, always creating breathtaking masterpieces.

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