The triumph of transparency - Pilkington Optiwhite™

The triumph of transparency - Pilkington Optiwhite™

Project Reference
19 Nov 2020

The Italian company Santambrogio Milano has designed and created a remarkable terrace in a private house in the centre of Milan using extra clear Pilkington Optiwhite™ glass.

Situated near Foro Buonaparte, this private house boasts a terrace of extraordinary all-round beauty. By using extra clear Pilkington Optiwhite™ glass, a unique architectural vision for “La Terrazza” has resulted in a completely transparent, minimalist-style home – seemingly in the open air – one that allows all-round enjoyment of its unique character and surroundings.

The vision was realised by architects Carlo Santambrogio and Ennio Arosio, who deployed their sensitive and second-to-none interior design skills as well as their extensive experience in maximising the structural potential of glass to stunning effect.

Appreciating that glass has properties beyond being merely transparent and therefore invisible, their design concept was elevated to a different level using the remarkable reflections that occur when lighting is turned on at night. These delightful visual effects are made possible through the use of Pilkington Optiwhite™ extra clear glass. 

The product’s absolute transparency and neutral colour on the edges, provides a clean and unobstructed all-round view, distinguishing it from any other glass commonly used in construction. These unique properties are the result of the raw materials used in production. Carefully selected for their purity and low iron oxide content, the result is Pilkington Optiwhite™ an exceptional colourless glass that improves light transmittance and reflects the true colours of objects observable behind the glass.

To complete the project, La Terrazza’s construction demanded different types of glass depending on the function. The all-glass pergola is made of 12 mm thick 4-layer toughened and laminated Pilkington Optiwhite™ glass panels while the glass shading ribs comprise Pilkington Optifloat™ Grey, 8 mm thick body tinted glass, which reduces solar radiation. The furniture collection is made of 15 + 15 mm Pilkington Optiwhite™ toughened and laminated glass, each item customized in size and colour according to the customer's request.



Thanks to Pilkington Optiwhite™ glass, the overall interior and exterior effect is clear – a stunning construction that, in accordance with the philosophy of American architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright, “adapts to the surrounding environment without trying to modify it by force”.

Photography: © Santambrogiomilano

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