Month published: November 2013


Most Inspirational Glass Buildings

If we mention ‘glass used within interiors’, what’s your first thought? It might be the double glazing windows that those dull door-to-door salesmen are always trying to sell. Or the French windows which were – and still are – popular in many interior design magazines. Either way, glass doesn’t inspire a huge amount of innovative thought within business or home owners, who might limit themselves to this material for just shop fronts or their own shower. If you’re not convinced, GH Interior Glass implores you to take a look below at what the world’s architects have done from past to present with glass – you might be inspired to see things a little more clearly.

  1. 1.     Selgas Cano’s Glass Office

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Photo credit: Archdaily

This office, designed by the Spanish architectural company Selgas Cano, is shaped as an aerodynamic tube and makes use of both natural light and warmth to regulate the temperature and brightness within the working space. Built within a forest in Madrid, the glass wall and ceiling offer a beautiful view of the natural environment outside around and above the employees. This incredible office combines functionality with practicality to create an inspiring and sustainable place to work.

  1. 2.     The Transparent House, by Sou Fujimoto

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Photo credit: Iwan Baan

Made out of glass and white steel framework, the philosophy behind this glass house residing in Japan is to recreate an experience similar to living within a tree. The rooms function as ‘branches’, where one may not be able to see others in another room directly, but retain the awareness that they are present through the sounds of discussion. Fujimoto declares that there are ‘moments of richness encountered through such spatially dense living’. The rule for this house must be no stones allowed. Ever.

  1. 3.     The Louvre Pyramid

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Photo credit: thecoolist

The proud work of I. M. Pei, this glass structure reaches the height of 21.6 metres, and was built on the request of the President of France, Francois Mitterand. Though it drew critique from some for its placement in front the Louvre Museum as a jarring juxtaposition of styles, for many it also represented at the time of 1984 the successful combination of modern and classical architecture.

  1. 4.     The Glass Houseboat

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Photo credit: X-Architects

This houseboat designed by X-Architects allows anyone residing inside to experience all their worldly comforts… on the sea.  The glass walls and ceilings offer an interrupted view of both city and waterscapes, and the two levels of the houseboat are held together firmly with a structure composed of white beams. Perhaps not the most functional of yachts, the houseboat nevertheless means you’ll never have to compromise on any style or living extravagances. Make travel work for you, instead of the other way around. 

  1. 5.     The House Café Kanyon

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This glass café in Istanbul, Turkey proves that venues aren’t limited to a simple shop front when it comes to business. Composed of steel and glass, Autoban Architects’ construction proves that glass can feel welcome by contrasting it with a walnut floor and some carefully placed fauna for a natural feel. This striking café sets itself apart with its design alone.


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