Are there any particularly memorable projects you’ve worked on recently?
Michael Canturi: All our work is memorable for different reasons. Whether it’s the size of the panels, the way they operate or most importantly, the visual result. We’ve installed curved sliding doors at the Sydney Opera House which was an exciting project to work on.
Working with John Wardle Architects on the Phoenix Gallery also springs to mind. The entry to the theatre consists of two openings side by side, four metres wide each and around two and a half metres high. We had one piece of glass on each side that disappears into the roof structure of the building. A counterweight is hidden within the ceiling, so without seeing the mechanics behind it, you see this beautiful panel of glass disappearing or appearing from above.
Why do you think architects choose Vitrocsa over other window suppliers?
Michael Canturi: Vitrocsa has pushed minimalism to the absolute extreme and will continue to do so to make it work without ever compromising performance. Our product is designed for larger openings and has high energy and thermal efficiency so that you can insulate a home extremely well.
We exist to provide single, beautiful, large glass panels with no obstruction. Our aim is not to make a feature out of a window or opening. That is old world, conventional thinking. By allowing the windows to become invisible, the architecture, which is the most important aspect, takes centre stage.