This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings - a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. 

It is clear as crystal, glass is all around us and – even at its most trivial and, thus: least glorious –  it is a source of enjoyment and delight. When we are checking out our reflection in the shop windows, when we are drawing circles in the dust, when we are sensing at our finger tips the vibrant singing sound of raising a glass – it is always the fascination of this unique material. Today’s selection is about experiencing glass in different out-of-the-box situations – where, how – and even – when we are least accustomed to seeing it.

Optical glass furniture in Tokujin Yoshioka’s interior design of The Waterfall Bar

10 Inspiring Applications of Glass in Architectureimage: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Glass as constructive material in Kruunenberg Architecten and Paul van der Erve’s Glass House Laminata

10 Inspiring Applications of Glass in Architectureimage: Luuk Kramer

Glass floor in a 1904 building in Otto Wagner’s Postal Savings Bank

10 Inspiring Applications of Glass in Architectureimage: Wikimedia Commons user Gryffindor

Glass building blocks in Capita Architecture’s Wales Millennium Centre

10 Inspiring Applications of Glass in Architectureimage: Innovative Glass Products

Bent glass forming unique spaces in SANAA’s Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion

10 Inspiring Applications of Glass in Architectureimage: Iwan Baan www.iwan.com

Glass-floor water pool in Leandro Erlich’s ‘Swimming Pool’ installation at SANAA’s Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

10 Inspiring Applications of Glass in Architectureimage: flickr user ajari

Electric privacy glass in Oloom’s Transparent Public Restroom in Lausanne

10 Inspiring Applications of Glass in Architectureimage: Oloom SARL

Double curvature glass in Zaha Hadid Architects’ Nordpark Railway Stations

10 Inspiring Applications of Glass in Architectureimage: www.innsbruck.info

Iridescent glass in Heinz Mack’s Two Prisms of Light

10 Inspiring Applications of Glass in Architectureimage: Prinz Optics

Glass curtains, literally, in OMA’s Casa da Musica

10 Inspiring Applications of Glass in Architectureimage: OMA