Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Glass

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Glass

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.

© Julien Lanoo

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.

© Iwan Baan

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.

© Adam Mørk

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.

Courtesy of OTH Architecten

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.

© logon |

Women in the Memory Monument / oficina de arquitectura

A Chilean transparent monument that brings together glass and lights transformed by their manipulation, arrangement, and disposition to explore meanings.

© 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.

© Karsten Monnerjahn

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.

© Miran Kambič

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.

© Andy Ryan

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.

© Aleix Bagué

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Cite: Eric Baldwin. "Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Glass" 15 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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