Multiple Reading Glazes – complexity
- story by MaterialDistrict
Defining elements of modern international architecture, of which a few examples are shown here, focusing on the effect of multiple layers in glaze application. The possibilities are infinite.
Using glazed ceramics in construction has major advantages: it is extremely strong, durable and gives buildings a tactile and unique appearance. Studio Christine Jetten (SCJ) is a pioneer in the custom design of glazed ceramics. Over the past twenty-five years, SCJ has collaborated with architects to construct the defining elements of modern international architecture, of which a few examples are shown here, focusing on the effect of multiple layers in glaze application.
Together with progressive architects, Jetten has formed a vanguard that has freed glazed ceramics from its primarily decorative purpose, as it now has the name and fame it deserves: it is a building material in its own right. Thanks to the space Jetten took and was given in the design process by the architects she worked with, the unique quality of glazed ceramics was able to reach its full potential.
This experience taught her that ceramics, as malleable as they are strong, lend themselves by definition to made-to-measure projects. As does the layer of glazing which offers infinite possibilities for light reflection, absorption, textures and layering in the façades of buildings.
Glazed ceramic facades are sustainable, strong and the glazed surface provides depth to buildings, as well as artistic quality.
The rise of ceramics in buildings fits in seamlessly with the need for more tactility and recognizability in cities, but also with climate choices and sustainable materials.