10 Inspiring Applications of Glass in Architecture

Categories Inspired Architecture

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

Tokujin Yoshioka: interior design of The Waterfall Barimage: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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

Kruunenberg Architecten and Paul van der Erve: Glass House Laminataimage: Luuk Kramer

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

Otto Wagner: Postal Savings Bankimage: Wikimedia Commons user Gryffindor

Glass building blocks in Capita Architecture’s Wales Millennium Centre

Capita Architecture: Wales Millennium Centreimage: Innovative Glass Products

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

SANAA: Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilionimage: 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

SANAA: Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art - Swimming Poolimage: flickr user ajari

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

Oloom: Transparent Public Restroomimage: Oloom SARL

Double curvature glass in Zaha Hadid Architects’ Nordpark Railway Stations

Zaha Hadid Architects: Nordpark Railway Stationsimage: www.innsbruck.info

Iridescent glass in Heinz Mack’s Two Prisms of Light

Heinz Mack: Two Prisms of Lightimage: Prinz Optics

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

OMA: Casa da Musicaimage: OMA

Antonina is an architect who has recently joined the OpenBuildings team to take over Community Outreach. Believes in interdisciplinary approach to architecture and everything else, fascinated by Japanese and Dutch design, typography and all things inspired.
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