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7 awesome glass structures in architecture

Creative use of glass in daily architecture – Glass is vulnerable, something made of glass can easily break, at least that is our general idea of glass.  That vulnerability has something to do with the beautiful phrase People Who Live In Glass Houses Should Not Throw Stones which means something like don’t  forget your own vulnerability and “throw stones” at other people in the form of unfair criticism when you yourself have similar faults and weaknesses.

Back to glass in architecture, glass is transparent, it creates amazing reflections and looks airy and light. That it can be incredibly strong when used in the right way show the next 7 awesome glass structures in architecture.

1. National Grand Theater of China

The National Grand Theater of China designed by architect Paul Andreu  is one of China’s greatest architectural works of the last decade and has a massive dome of glass. This awesome glass building houses an opera, a theater and a music hall.  The water around the dome provides a nice reflective view from the street.

2. Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Japan.

The Kanagawa Institute of Technology is a private universaty in Atsugi, Japan.  The glass building designed by Junya Ishigami and Associates, consists of more then 300 white pillars arranged throughout the interior to provide structure while the walls are pure glass from corner to corner. so even from the middle of the structure you have a clear view of what’s going on on the street and in Tokyo Bay. Interesting architecture for sure.

3. Library and Data Center, Cottbus, Germany.

The library in Cottbus, completed in 2004 and designed by the Swiss architects  Herzog & de Meuron, is a well designed  building with letter and image clusters printed inside as well as outside onto all areas of the huge double glass facades. The letters and images of various density provide a play of light into the colorful interiour.

 4. Willis Tower Glass Balconies, Chicago, United States.

Willis Tower (formerly named Sears Tower) is a 108-story, 1,451-foot (442 m) skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. At the time of its completion in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world. That glass can be incredibly strong show their glass balconies  near the building’s peak at 1,353 feet.  A quite unusual  way of seeing the city of Chicago below, who dares?

5. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, UK.

Located in the hills overlooking Tywi Valley, the Glass House is part of the Garden of Wales Botanical Gardens in the UK. Despite being made of glass, the elliptical building blends into the surrounding grassy landscape quite nicely like it is completing the hillside.  The clear roof measures 99 by 55 meters and rests on twenty-four arches. Since the area can be quite cold in the winter, the building’s concrete substructure is banked to the north to provide protection from northerly winds.

The Glass House has been fitted with an intelligent computer-controlled system that optimizes energy usage by monitoring outside and inside conditions closely. The system can open glazing panels in the roof to achieve the best levels of temperature, humidity and air movement.

6. The Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France.

When the Louvre Pyramid was built there was much controversy and critique, but now almost 30 years later it is by many seen as a well-executed merging of classical and modernist architecture. Designed architect I.M. Pei the  new entrance for the iconic Louvre museum stands as a large glass pyramid on the square in front of the Louvre at a height of 70 feet, consisting of 673 glass sections. Like it was fashion for French presidents to build something special during their presidency, French president François Mitterrand gave his okay to build it in 1984.

7. The Glass Cube House by Carlo Santambrogio.

The Glass Cube House by Carlo Santambrogio is like a concept house. A house where everything is made of glass. even the staircases the closets.  A pretty awesome idea as long as you don’t have to live in it.

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