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Photoglas office is an atelier which develops ideas, concepts, draft designs and realisations in the architecture and museum domain. Photoglas technology was developed – and subsequently patented – in 1997 for a permanent site-specific intervention. The aim was to explore unifying photography, glass and light. Light thus constitutes a key element in the work and characterizes, or changes, the space. The sculptures emanating from this process form part of a series of spatial studies which are elaborated for both the interior and the exterior area. The result is a specific atmosphere which continuously transforms as the light travels.
Photoglas services encompass the project’s artistic conceptualisation, design development and technical realisation. Projects are also developed in close cooperation with architecture firms, institutes, research labs, universities and museums. The office’s art directors are Bele Marx & Gilles Mussard. Depending on the project requirements, the team is enlarged to include experts from different disciplines, such as museology, history, architecture, photo and illumination engineering, chemistry, etc.
Quality of glass: laminated safety glass (with tempered glass, white glass, satinato, antireflective glass …) The lifespan of laminated glass panes numbers several decades. According to the Ilford tests, the material remains light-resistant for over 100 years in the case of indoor application, 25 to 30 years in case of direct exposure to sunlight (e.g., windows), and for several centuries when kept under archive conditions. Photoglas demonstrates durability and quality of image reproduction that is far superior to similar products available on the market and thereby satisfies a need for durable solutions that work with colour, light and transparency.
Artificial light or natural light is integrated as an essential conceptual element, effecting a visual change in both the interior space and the exterior space. The space sculptures emanating from this process work with the linkage of light and colour. Through projected colour shadows the light source produces an active space which continuously changes along with it.
Work continues with partners for the further development of the Photoglas technology, which is tested in pilot projects. Along with this, research is carried out with different glass qualities and light techniques, as well as with colour analyses, in order to achieve state-of-the-art results.
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