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
Glass as constructive material in Kruunenberg Architecten and Paul van der Erve’s Glass House Laminata
Glass floor in a 1904 building in Otto Wagner’s Postal Savings Bank
Glass building blocks in Capita Architecture’s Wales Millennium Centre
Bent glass forming unique spaces in SANAA’s Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion
Glass-floor water pool in Leandro Erlich’s ‘Swimming Pool’ installation at SANAA’s Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Electric privacy glass in Oloom’s Transparent Public Restroom in Lausanne
Double curvature glass in Zaha Hadid Architects’ Nordpark Railway Stations
Iridescent glass in Heinz Mack’s Two Prisms of Light
Glass curtains, literally, in OMA’s Casa da Musica
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