Stratified glass made all this possible.
From the aesthetic point of view, the intention was to reproduce the climax of an Athens sunset. Natural daylight was therefore replaced, inside the café, with "artificial" light thanks to the design on the façade.
A computer programme controls the variation of light on the façade throughout the day: software moves the clouds and changes the intensity of the diffuse light in the morning, afternoon and evening. The lighting system is installed in the 120 cm gap between the double layers of glass of the façade, controlled by a computerised timer. The panes of glass in the façade measure 4.5 m x 8 m, covering a total of 110 square metres.
The panes of glass rising from the floor to the ceiling are over 6 metres high. The tempered glass is 5 mm + 5 mm thick, with a digitally printed decorative intermediate layer 1.52 mm thick.
The decorative glass and the interior and exterior design solutions employed in the café make it an oasis with a unique relaxing atmosphere, created largely by the effect of light and colours.
Laura Della Badia
Photographs Leo Torri