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This garden room attached to a house in Vienna was the winner of the residential category of Solutia's 2003 International Design Awards. Solutia, which makes Saflex and Vanceva, the interlayers used in laminated architectural glass, gives the awards for innovation and ingenuity in the use of laminated glass.

Architekturstudio designed the garden room by making the adhesive connections between the supporting glass beams and columns form laminated glass instead of using screwed metal plates. In this way, it managed to achieve the desired effect despite the fact that Austrian regulations forbid the used of silicone-glued glass constructions without mechanical safety measures.

The other winners were the Obayashi Corporation for Oasis 21, an elevated lake at a concert hall in Nagoya, Japan; Davis Brody Bond for South Court Building, New York Public Library; and Brunete Fraccaroli Arquitecterae Interiores for a multicoloured glass showroom in Sao Paolo, Brazil.


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