The exclusive rooms on the top floor of the hotel have closed-in balconies made of transparent laminated glass with Vanceva® interlayers, so guests can relax in the sunshine and enjoy the view of the sea and the natural landscape without giving up their air-conditioned comfort.
To transform a hotel that had been losing luster for years into a modern, elite establishment fit for vacationers and business travelers alike was the essence of this commission and a challenge eagerly accepted. The original white façade gave DP Architects studio an idea as simple as it is unique: to preserve the basic old concept but embellish it with different-colored balconies laid out along parallel lines. By combining the various shades of the Vanceva® collection, the architects had a rainbow of colors at their disposal to create balconies in yellow, orange, red, blue, green and purple. Comments Yaneth Parra Fernandez, Market Development Manager for Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece, the success of this project owes to the range of colors and technical features of Vanceva® interlayers for laminated glass, which made it possible to reduce the balconies' load-bearing structures to a minimum.
At night, special lighted tubes incorporated into the balconies celebrate the original play on empty and full: light and color become structural features, indispensable to fully comprehending the design. Viewed as a forerunner because of its minimalist design, adds Yaneth Parra Fernandez, Changi Village Hotel has become one-of-a-kind worldwide, and some of the merit goes to Vanceva® interlayers.
The project employed Vanceva® PVB interlayers for laminated glass in yellow, orange, red, blue, green and purple. The glass was supplied by Singapore Safety Glass Pte Ltd and installed by Chiu Teng Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Vanceva® is a brand of Solutia Inc., the world's largest producer of PVB (polyvinyl butyral) interlayers for laminated glass, used by a new generation of films for the manufacture of high-tech building and decorative glass that has opened the doors to a new way of using and interpreting color in interior and exterior design. The range of Vanceva® products is an effective, versatile response to the growing popularity of glass as a design component and to the changing tastes of the market.
Photos: Land Transport Authority, Singapore
Project: Changi Village Hotel
Builder: Chiu Teng Enterprise Pte Ltd
Architectural firm: DP Architects Pte Ltd
Laminator: Singapore Safety Glass Pte Ltd
Glass installer: Chiu Teng Enterprise Pte Ltd