Description - Un rêve d'architecte - La brique de verre Falconnier
Opening June 7, 2018 from 6p.m
Gustave Falconnier (1845-1913) native of Nyon, is a rare figure of architect-inventor. In 1886, he developed a revolutionary invention: The Falconnier glass brick.
This is part of a context of development of glass materials for construction. Falconnier invents a modern product whose remarkable aesthetics rivals its practical qualities: insulating, it lets light through while preserving looks. The glass brick Falconnier quickly conquers Europe and the United States via the universal exhibitions. In Chicago in 1893, Gustave Falconnier was awarded for the many qualities of his brick. Château de Nyon owns the largest fund known to date of Falconnier glass bricks as well as wooden prototypes and cast iron molds, rare objects, used for their original manufacture. The presentation of this unpublished fund makes it possible to redraw the saga of the brick Falconnier, and its conquest of the world, while valuing a heritage often unknown to the public