© Alekseij Narodizkij
© Alekseij Narodizkij


Obukhov Center



Order Volume

3.500 m²


nps tchoban voss





Obukhov Center

St. Petersburg

A World of Colours - Individual glass design with OKACOLOR from OKALUX GmbH

Architects and artists have long been fascinated by coloured glass and the possibilities it opens for them. Up until now, complicated processes of thorough coloration or ceramic frit, which only have limited areas of application, were needed to realize their visions of design. Now, with the digital printing process of OKACOLOR from OKALUX, the entire colour spectrum can be printed on glass in small editions and in every possible variation.  The glass coated with this process can be used as toughened safety glass, laminated safety glass, and insulating glass. The newly designed Obuhov office building in St. Petersburg demonstrates the new possibilities it opens to architects.

Spacial effects

In St. Petersburg, architects from nps tchoban voss, Berlin transformed a former hospital into a representative address for businesses. The main contribution to the image change of the Obuhov office building was made by the new curtain-wall facing of aluminium panels in gold-metal coating. To achieve this effect, the architects designed a three dimensional design inspired by water and waves which disperses the evenness of the façade. The embossed waves, which are up to five cm deep, allow for an interaction of light and shadow which enlivens the otherwise even, huge surface. The idea was to have this identifying brand mark of the building repeat itself in the semi-public interior areas. To achieve this, nps tchoban voss architects had the characteristic light reflexes of the façade elements photographed. Having been graphically enlarged and fit with machined contrasts, these photographs served as the motive for the digitally printed glass panels used in the entire lobby area as wall covering. The newly developed panels from OKALUX consist of toughened safety glass with OKACOLOR printing on the back which is fully bonded on medium-density fibreboard and then blind-mounted. The reflexes ensuing from the artificial lighting give the seamless surfaces additional deepness while at the same time rendering the edges in the room invisible. Thus, a very individual spaciousness is created; almost like the mirror cabinet at an amusement park.