To celebrate the launch of ArchDaily Materials, our new product catalog, we've rounded up 10 awesome projects from around the world that were inspired by one material: glass. Check out the projects after the break...
Louvre Lens / SANAA
This museum in France is five buildings made up of steel and glass. The entire structure of 28,000 square meters extends over 360 meters long from one end of a central foyer in transparent glass to the other.
Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop / Junya Ishigami
The floor-to-ceiling glass in this Japanese studio + workspace makes the building appear weightless and elegant. The glass combines with the open plan to preserves a sense of transparency in the building.
The Crystal / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
This Denmark office uses a triple-layered inner glass façade which provides extremely effective thermal insulation, and the façade has integrated solar screens decorated by a subtle silk screen frit design.
Kraanspoor / OTH Architecten
This office building in The Netherlands is supported by a concrete crane way below, and the construction is characterized by its transparent double-skin climate façade of glass. The outer layer of moveable motor-driven glass louvers appear as lace-work around the building.
Shanghai Museum of Glass / Logon Architecture
A museum in China with a facade made from U shaped glass imported from Germany. The glass was sand blasted and enameled to reveal transparent glass-related words in various languages. Behind the glass facade is a LED backlight that allows light to glow through each word.
Women in the Memory Monument / oficina de arquitectura
MyZeil Shopping Mall / Studio Fuksas
This shopping mall in Germany uses a sculptural glass facade to create impressive and dynamic spaces within the public atriums, establishing a unique environment for a common activity.
Orhidelia Wellness / Enota
A Slovenian wellness center that was designed rather like a landscape arrangement then a building. The folded glass elevations appear like supporting walls dividing different levels of landscape surfaces.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art / Steven Holl Architects
The new addition to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in the USA is distinguished by five glass lenses. The lenses’ multiple layers of translucent glass gather, diffuse and refract light, at times materializing light like blocks of ice.
La Peña Multi-Sport Pavillion / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
This Spanish sports complex is an uneven volume with a semitransparent fencing of black concrete and glass that tries to respond to the different situations generated between the transforming residential city and natural hillside.