Glass Butterfly

DesignerJohn Marx
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The Glass Butterfly is inspired by a formal negotiation between the delicacy of glass and its structural integrity. The competition’s programmatic purpose was to take a bus shelter, an atypical, ubiquitous object within the public realm and create a design for a rural area of Denmark. Self-referential and authoritative in the landscape; trees, weaving grass, and big canopies were key inspirational organic forms. Like a graceful butterfly, this structure radiates its immaterial presence to its surroundings. This scalable, transparent container, almost a frozen membrane, is a place of protection, sheltering users from rain, wind, and the sun. Despite its seemingly imminent flight from the ground, this artifact is securely anchored to the soil through unobtrusive steel connections. Scalability and maximum structural integrity are provided through graceful, U-shaped glass bays. Photovoltaic panels on the roof power the structure and serve as sun shading devices to shield those sitting below.

About Designer

We believe architecture is the art of giving form to ideas. At Form4 Architecture, we strive to create architecture that is rational, empowering, and dynamic. We embrace collaboration and teamwork as the cornerstones of success, and we believe in designing welcoming environments that are fundamentally sustainable and accessible. As collaborative partners in the design process, our principals personally lead every project from concept to completion, bringing the collective wealth of years of expertise and knowledge to each client’s vision.