The original minimalist window

The term “minimalist window” dates back to the post-war period. Minimalist windows had already been developed for the Case Study Houses, an architectural programme aimed at creating modern, economical homes, mainly in the Los Angeles area, between 1945 and 1960.

Vitrocsa’s invention does not relate to the minimalist window itself, but rather to the application of this idea to contemporary standards. Prior to this, the windows were not airtight, and were either poorly insulated or not insulated at all.

Vitrocsa is reinventing the minimalist window, both in terms of technological accomplishment and enhanced aesthetics. The philosophy is a simple one: less is more.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”

– Leonard de Vinci

Vitrocsa is planning the construction of a new storage and manufacturing hall in Saint-Aubin-Sauges.

Launch of the Vitrocsa V56 range. It allows infinite glazing surfaces.

Vitrocsa, the original product, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017 and is more focussed on the future than ever before. Constant innovation to find new solutions ensures the brand’s success. A number of activities and developments were planned throughout the year.

Vitrocsa became the owner of the watchmaking building located in the Swiss town of Saint-Aubin-Sauges, employing about twenty staff. Worldwide, the brand’s partners selling and installing the product exceeded 500 people.

Vitrocsa underwent a major change in its structure. Eric Joray, founder of Orchidées Constructions SA and inventor of the Vitrocsa minimalist window, gradually handed over control to his team. A group of six people was then formed with a view to buying out and taking over the company.

Launch of the Vitrocsa V32 range, with thermal reinforcement.

Several guillotine solutions were developed between 2013 and 2016.

Korea and South Africa were added as new export markets.

Development of the curved application.

To meet the needs of a project based in Cyprus, Foster + Partners, one of the most renowned architecture firms in the UK, sought an innovative solution for terraces. After extensive tests, the Vitrocsa team developed the revolutionary Turnable Corner system and filed a patent.

Development of the invisible frame.

Launch of the Vitrocsa Swimms range designed to meet the needs of hot countries.

Between 2008 and 2010, Vitrocsa exported to Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

Launch of the Vitrocsa TH+ range, designed for excellent thermal quality.

Between 2004 and 2006, new markets opened up, including Russia, Australia, Israel, India, Canada and the United States.

To enable Vitrocsa to remain a small company, as has always been the goal, but without affecting plans for global growth, a clear strategy of developing partnerships abroad using license agreements was quickly adopted. Vitrocsa entered the European market with the Braga stadium in Portugal, built by architect Eduardo Souto de Moura for the Euro 2004 football championship.

Vitrocsa developed the guillotine solution.

The first prototype of the pivoting window version of the Vitrocsa 3001 was developed.

Multiple extensions of homes and new-builds were constructed using Vitrocsa 3001 windows.

With the collaboration of Swiss architect Andrea Bassi, Vitrocsa came up with a new design for the Vitrocsa 3001 window.

Several traditional conservatories were created using Vitrocsa 2001 windows.

Eric Joray registered the Vitrocsa trademark and the first patent for the Vitrocsa sliding system. All our innovative systems have been developed in-house by the same Research & Development department and patents are filed on a regular basis.

Launch of Vitrocsa 1001 and 2001 windows. The first Vitrocsa window was installed in a villa close to Geneva, created by Swiss architect Andrea Bassi.

Eric Joray invented the Vitrocsa minimalist window. It was manufactured in the Swiss town of Saint-Aubin-Sauges, in a former watchmaking building. The technological revolution resides in inverting the construction principle conventionally applied to windows. The glass becomes a bearing component, taking on the frame’s former role of reinforcement. This fundamental technical principle, simple yet requiring complex technology, paves the way for innovative developments, an infinite range of versions, and solutions tailored to customers’ specific needs.

Trained in the rigours of the watchmaking industry, and with a passion for orchids, Eric Joray created the company Orchidées Constructions SA to develop and construct greenhouses and conservatories. More than 800 traditional conservatories were built in just a few years.

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