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This shop in Amsterdam is built out of glass bricks

They say people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. If you take that literally in Chanel’s new Amsterdam boutique you would be laughing: these glass bricks are stronger than concrete.

Replicating the original Amsterdam townhouse façade, the expensive new concept store took over a year to build. The construction site has been described as more of a laboratory than a traditional building site, with some glass and industrial-adhesive experts experimenting with new technologies to create the magnificent structure.

The transparent glass bricks allow for easy visibility into the store while creating a fascinating, three-dimensional pattern within the walls.

The former residential street where Chanel’s new store is located is near the magnificent Vondelpark in Amsterdam. Neighboring businesses include other luxury brands, such as Rolex, Dior and Prada.

What makes the building even more wonderful is that the glass façade is fully recyclable. The bricks could all be melted down and reshaped in the future to create an entirely new structure.

Via De Zeen

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