New biomaterial coming through – this time it’s mussels! Bureau de Change, an architecture firm founded by Katerina Dionysopoulou and Billy Mavropoulos, take things step further than mere building design. Using their passion for innovation they have created intriguing exhibitions, a unique pentagonal table, striking window displays, and today’s feature – a whole new surface.
This new surface material -Thames Glass- is the brain child of artist Lulu Harrison who has been working alongside Bureau de Change to develop an eco-friendly cladding option. Thames Glass is created using ground-up shells of quagga mussels in combination with local sand and waste wood ash with the result being a delicate green speckled finish.
Fabulously intricate 3D reliefs inspired by decorative 19th century chimney pots and London’s architectural history make up the patterns of the cast eco-glass tiles.
“In line with this concept, Bureau de Change has constructed a narrative to revive three of London’s lost Thames-side pubs and inns, and using Thames Glass tiles to give each one a unique, illuminated facade.”
A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, August 2022.