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Crystal Houses' Glass Façade Uses DELO-PHOTOBOND Adhesives

Published on 2016-07-27. Author : SpecialChem

With the new Chanel glass flagship store, Amsterdam gained a new architectural highlight. Because the old brickwork has been replaced by glass blocks. DELO's products, more precisely the adhesive, is used for bonding the more than 7,000 handmade glass elements of the facade. Thanks to the special properties of the PHOTOBOND adhesives, the bonding stays permanently transparent.


Adhesive bonds more than 7,000 handmade glass elements


DELO adhesive in Crystal Houses' glass facade
DELO adhesive in Crystal Houses' glass facade

With the Crystal Houses Amsterdam, the architects of MVRDV have created something unique. The complete facade of the old brick house has been removed and replaced by new, transparent glass blocks. The frame of door and windows are also completely made out of glass elements.

Design plays a major role, particularly in the luxury goods sector. The MVRDV architects have really succeeded in letting the facade of Crystal Houses stand out of the other shop facades in the street. The glass facade is an eye-catcher and lights brightly, especially in the dark.

The adhesive makes the difference



DELO-PHOTOBOND adhesives have been used in order to join the glass blocks reliably together. These adhesives are characterized by their great elasticity and are tension-equalizing. This characteristic is a particularly important one, especially in a facade that is exposed to atmospheric influences like rainfall and heat. Moreover, the adhesives do not yellow even after years, but remain transparent, which is of utmost importance when bonding decorative elements like perfume bottles. The reliable adhesives made it therefore possible to do completely without traditional mortar.

Compared to conventional building adhesives that mostly cure at room temperature, DELO-PHOTOBOND reaches its full strength thanks to UV light. The extensive bonding of the glass elements have been cured by the DELOLUX 20/ 400 nm flood lamps produced by DELO.

About DELO

DELO is a leading manufacturer of industrial adhesives with its headquarters in Windach near Munich, Germany, and subsidiaries in the USA, China and Singapore. In the fiscal year 2016, 500 employees generated sales revenues of EUR 80 million – EUR 92 million are anticipated for 2017. The company supplies customized special adhesives and associated technology for high-tech industries such as automotive, aviation, optoelectronics, and electronics. DELO’s customers include Bosch, Daimler, Infineon, Osram, Siemens and Sony.

Source: DELO


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