Amazing Glass Buildings From Around The World
Glass is one of the most beautiful, extravagant, and amazing materials used in creating some of the most fascinating buildings around the world. To celebrate these amazing glass buildings here is a countdown of my personal favourites….
The Gerkin London (Also known as 30 St Mary Axe)
Let’s start at home; The Gerkin built by architects Norman Foster, Ken Shuttleworth the construction started in 2001 was completed in 2003 then opened in April 2004. This fantastic glass building is a skyscraper in London’s main financial district dominating the sky line. Completely covered in glass, the darker panels have been arranged to give the building a swirling pattern. Stunning!
The Louvre Pyramid, Paris
Over to Paris and when this giant glass pyramid was built it caused a few raised eyebrows many people felt that the futuristic edifice looked quite out of place in front of the Louvre Museum. It forms the entrance into the museum and now plays a key part to the architecture of Paris. The glass building is constructed by using around 673 panes of glass it also has 2 smaller glass pyramids.
Reichstag Dome, Berlin, Germany
A prominent land mark in Berlin situated on top of the Reichstag. The glass dome gives visitors 360 degree views of the city. It was designed by Norman Foster to be environmentally friendly. Energy efficient features include using of the daylight shining through the mirrored cone decreasing the carbon emissions of the building. Clever!
Basque Health Department Headquarters of Bilbao Spain
The building is covered by a distinctive cubist glass double façade. The double-skin facade provides the building with thermal and acoustic insulation, and eliminates the need for conventional air conditioning.
AlDar HQ Middle East, Abu Dhabi
Standing approximately 110m in height with 23 floor levels this fully glazed circular skyscraper is the first of its kind in the Middle East. The building comprises 6400 tons of steel; 55,000 square meters of decking panels; and 25,000 cubic-meters of concrete, and has an area of glass of 25,000 square meters (3200 panels of glass).
The National Grand Theatre or the Bird’s Egg Beijing China
An excellent example of modern contemporary architecture, the egg-shape theatre is absolutely amazing or should that be egg-mazing? The theatre is an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass and surrounded by a man-made lake. Some say it looks like an egg floating on water hence its other name “Birds Egg”.
I think these glass building are truly amazing, but I am glad I don’t have to pick up the window cleaning bill!
‘Are there any you’d add to the list?… And no, your greenhouse doesn’t count! ‘