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Holt Renfrew


A first of it’s kind, Convex panels of individual quilted glass pillows, rectangular shaped, are displayed in this high-end facade at Holt Renfrew, Vancouver. Using 2 layers of intricately patterned glass, Nathan Allan developed a new technology that allows for a “hand in glove” fitting of 2 identical panels. After the casting process, the panels are laminated together, creating a one-panel safety glass feature, which also allowed for laboratory testing of wind load and seismic activity. The Convex shape of the glass surface creates many different lighting effects on both the exterior and interior of this beautiful retail store. “Fire-Frosted” opacity panels provided an elegant facade on the building’s skin, while “Clear Vision” panels create a spectacular display and phenomenal view. This unique process and pattern was designed specifically for Holt Renfrew.