Transparent hint: incredible glass structures

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Introducing 12 stunning glass projects from renowned architects

1. CHANEL boutique in Amsterdam, bureau Mvrdv (Netherlands)

Looking at this unusual building on the P.C. Hooftstraat, you can't believe your eyes – the facade of an old brick house at some point becomes completely transparent. The Crystal Houses project is the brainchild of MVRDV bureau. Glass “bricks” organically continue the historical masonry. Now the Chanel boutique is located here, and transparent windows are used to showcase new collections. The super-strong one-piece glass blocks were molded in Italy using a special technology. The system is designed taking into account the fact that any damaged fragment, if necessary, can be replaced with a new one, without dismantling the “facade”.

2.optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura & amp; NAP (Japan)

This home, designed by Japanese studio Hiroshi Nakamura & amp; NAP, stands on a busy street in the center of Hiroshima. To protect residents from the constant noise of cars and trams, the architects came up with a non-standard move – they erected a wall of glass blocks measuring 8.6 × 8.6 m, which serves as a kind of buffer. A terrace and a small garden are hidden behind it, and living quarters are located in the back. A garage is planned on the ground floor. From the outside, the facade looks very impressive – the shine of the glass evokes associations with a waterfall reflecting light. The optical effect arises from the peculiarity of the material – the blocks are cast from special borosilicate glass.

3. THE GLASS HOUSE, bureau SANTAMBROGIO Milano (Italy)

The specialists of the Italian company Santambrogio Milano came up with the idea to build a house entirely of glass. That is, completely transparent, no kidding. Utopia? – Already a reality. The bold concept was for the landscape to become a direct part of the interior. And the team went to the end – at the moment, two buildings have already been completed. The walls of The Glass House are made of super strong 7mm glass with a blue sheen. From it, the architects designed the interior partitions, steps, as well as all the furniture.

4. Ports 1961's boutique in Shanghai, UUfie Bureau (China)

Architects Eiri Ota and Irene Gardpoit of the Canadian bureau UUfie are responsible for the distinctive glowing façade of Ports 1961's flagship boutique in Shanghai. The building is located in a bustling area of ​​the city – at the intersection of Changde Road and Nanjing West Road. It can be seen from afar at any time of the day: in the morning the facade of glass blocks reflects the sun, and in the evening it shines and shines from the inside thanks to built-in LEDs and large screens broadcasting non-stop commercials and fashion shows.

The architects were inspired by the image of the iceberg. To evoke associations with a giant ice floe, they used two types of glass blocks: cubes 300 mm x 300 mm and angular. Thanks to the original masonry, the facade looks three-dimensional. I want to look at the boutique from different angles, each new angle is more and more interesting.

Belzberg Architects renovated the Gores Group office building in Beverly Hills. The building attracts attention with its original futuristic facade, assembled from volumetric glass panels of an unusual shape. A team of professionals has developed a new glazing system. The thickness of the transparent façade has been thought through taking into account all factors, including sound insulation. The roof of the new building is in operation – there is a small park on it, where company employees can go during their break.

Credit mutuel bank building in Nantes, bureau AIA Associes (France)

“Gentlemen, everything is transparent with us!” Is a great concept for a 21st century bank. Architects from AIA Associés have made the facades of the new Crédit Mutuel building out of glass. Outer layer – glass sunscreen slats with silk-screen print, which serves as an additional decoration. The three upper floors of the building are given over to offices, below are meeting rooms and a cafe, and a restaurant and an exhibition hall are open below.

7. Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Junya Ishigami & amp; Associates (Japan)

This striking building for the Kanagawa Institute of Technology in Japan was designed by one of his former students, Junya Ishigami and his bureau Junya Ishigami & amp; Associates. What's hiding inside? – A large room, divided by columns, with an area of ​​2,000 sq. m. It was decided to supplement the complex with a winter garden. In addition, tubs with living plants are placed everywhere in the room – the architect wanted to emphasize the connection between the interior and the exterior and erase the boundaries between the interior space and the surrounding landscape. The classrooms of the educational complex are fully equipped for classes – the furniture fits into the overall concept, it is made of light wood.

8. Neo Solar Power Corporation building, J.J. Pan & amp; Partners (Taiwan)

Designing the building for the headquarters of Neo Solar Power Corporation, architects J.J. Pan & amp; Partners were inspired by the company's products and its philosophy – the shiny glass facade evokes associations with solar panels and makes you think about environmental issues and energy savings. The building has become an architectural landmark of Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan. The futuristic facade is shaped like an accordion. Glass panels (there are more than three hundred of them here) are fixed on metal guides. Vertical blinds allow, if necessary, to adjust the degree of illumination of the premises. The authors of the project emphasize that in addition to the aesthetic side, the glass facade, which freely lets in natural light, significantly saves energy – this is especially important in office buildings.

9. Oslo Opera House, Snøhetta Bureau (Norway)

This modern building, designed by the Norwegian studio Snøhettа, stands on the shores of the Oslofjord (Bjorvik Peninsula). The main feature of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet Theater is the roof of 36 thousand snow-white stone slabs with an area of ​​about 40,000 square meters, on which you can walk. It is proposed to go up the ramps, from where a magnificent panorama of the city opens. However, a fragment of the glazed facade deserves special attention. You can admire the views of the bay through the panoramic windows of the theater lobby. By the way, the building's power supply is partially provided by solar panels on the southern facade of the building.

10. Roca Exhibition Center in Barcelona, ​​OAB (Spain)

The Spanish architectural bureau OAB (Office of Architecture in Barcelona) has designed an exhibition center for the Spanish company Roca Group, a renowned sanitary ware manufacturer. The author of the project is the architect Carlos Ferrater. The idea was to create the illusion of flowing water on the facade of the building. To achieve this effect, a special technology has been developed. The facades are made of glass provided by Cricursa. In the evening, the facade is illuminated and looks especially impressive.

11. Louvre-Lens Museum, SaNAA Japan Bureau (France)

The Louvre branch in Lense is a unique museum in a major coal mining center in northern France. The modern complex was built directly on the former coal mining site with an area of ​​62 hectares. The collection includes works from the collection of the Parisian Louvre, which are exhibited at three sites: in the Galerie du Temps, the glass pavilion (le Pavillon de Verre) and in the hall of temporary exhibitions. The author of the architectural project is the SANAA bureau. Louvre-Lens consists of five main one-story buildings. The facades are made of aluminum and transparent glass and reflect the surrounding landscape. It looks like the building dissolves into thin air before our eyes.

12. Tokyo UNIVERSITY OF Arts Library, SOU FUJIMOTO Bureau (Japan)

The Tokyo University of Arts Library building was designed by the architect Fujimoto (Sou Fujimoto). The idea behind this building is very unusual in itself. The building is a kind of labyrinth of 8.5 m high bookshelves, enclosed under glass. Partitions were assembled from the shelves, delimiting the premises, as well as the staircase. The area of ​​the library is about 6000 sq. M. Part of the bookshelves are facing the street. At the moment, not all racks are full. “Now the empty sections are like a honeycomb, but this is only temporary,” the architects say. “The library stock has huge potential.”

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