Tailor Made - Shape
The glass block has, until recently, always been offered in its most simple and essential form: as a parallelepiped, differing only in its dimensions.
However, as a result of its highly specialised research and development activities, and a steadfast commitment to push its design and manufacturing capabilities to new limits, Seves has changed the rules. In close collaboration with some of the world’s most forward thinking architects the manufacturer has developed new moulds and manufacturing techniques that have resulted in exciting new glass block forms.
When the Studio Moneo-Brock wanted to use a glass block that could facilitate the natural cascade of water at Tiberio’s Baths in Panticosa in the Spanish Pyrenees, Seves rose to the challenge and created a special trapezoidal block with a 5° inclination, specifically for the project. A version of the unusually shaped block can now be found in the Design Line.
The very first fluted glass block featuring parallel concave grooves was also created by Seves, for the Library of Deusto University in Bilbao and was the result of a successful collaboration between the manufacturer and Rafael Moneo. The Doric block, so-called because of its similarity to the Doric columns of classical architecture, can now also be found in the Design Line.
These two examples give an insight into the many possibilities for glass block customisation where the form can be modified not only in shape but also in its three-dimensionality and glass mass.