Published 8 Sep 2020
LASVIT Headquarters has been in the spotlight since the opening in 2019. Now it is among the 64 shortlisted buildings in the Dezeen Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the field.
In June 2019, the LASVIT company finished a project which we had worked on for four years.
“We wanted to build our headquarters in Northern Bohemia, the region where the company originally came from,” says LASVIT’s owner and founder Leon Jakimič.
The region of Nový Bor can demonstrably trace its glassmaking tradition to the year 1414, and we proudly pick up on this legacy. And why a house made completely of glass?
“Glass is our game, so we wanted to create something special and build a real “lighthouse of glassmaking” in Northern Bohemia,” adds Jakimič.
This ambitious project designed by the ov-a architects has been in the spotlight since the opening in 2019. Now it is among the 64 shortlisted buildings in the Dezeen Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the field.
We are extremely proud that our HQ made it into such exclusive company, and even though we have our fingers crossed to win, being shortlisted is already a great success for us.
It has already reaped some prestigious Czech awards such as the Site of the Liberec Region and the Building of the Liberec Region award.
The inspiration for the glass house builds on the tradition of the Česká Lípa region, where the houses used to be covered by slate shingles. This rock is specific because it is brittle and easy to cleave. One can cleave off thin slates, which were then used to cover the buildings.
It was very hard to set the proper conditions for production in the kiln, and it took us many months of trials before we achieved the “glass slate” effect.
The tiles are transparent and cover the building’s entire surface. The house can positively glow after dark and become a metaphorical lighthouse of glassmaking for all the region.
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