Spectacular Glass Facades

by Mark in Architecture

Glass facades

Photo: Fulcrum Structural Engineering

Glass walls, glass floors or roofs made of glass, interior and exterior spaces fusion together in some of the most exquisite ways owing to the architects' (and home owners') daring ideas.

If you have reservations about the safety, the intimacy or the heat insulation glass offers, you have to know that glass manufacturers have the solution to these problems. Tempered glass is significantly better than regular glass; when it breaks it shatters in tiny pieces, cancelling out the risk of accidents. Further more, there are special types of foil that protect the house against break-ins, vandalism and can be even bulletproof.

As for the thermal insulation, using multiple layers of glass covered with various foils and in between with inert gas significantly enhances the glass' thermal qualities. During summer, reflective glass reduces the amount of solar energy penetrating the house. It also creates a mirroring effect that protects you from indiscrete glances. Moreover, Low-E glass stops the ultraviolet rays from getting in, thus protecting the objects from discoloration. During winter, it significantly reduces heat loss.

If the house is located in an area subject to sound pollution (arterial highways, airports etc.), the soundproof glass is effective against this setback.

Let's see some of the most interesting houses that use glass as the main architectural element.

Glass facades

Photo: Peter A. Sellar; Architect: Guido Costantino

Wood and glass

Photo: Architect Heinz Julen. More details from this house here.

Wood and glass

Photo: TOTeMS Architecture. More details from this house here.

Glass house

Photo: Carlo Santambrogio

Wood and glass

Photo: James F. Wilson; Arhitect: Cunningham Architects. More details from this house here.

Wood and glass

Photo: Bercy Chen Studio LP. More details from this house here.

Stone and glass

Photo: MOOARC. More details from this house here.

Stone and glass house

Photo: Audrey Hall; Arhitect: JLF & Associates. More details from this house here.

Wood and glass hambar

Photo: Yukiharu Suzuki & Associates. More details from this house here.

Mirror house

Photo: Architect Heinz Julen. More details from this house here.

Cheap glass house

Photo: Architect Heinz Julen. More details from this house here.

Wood and glass

Photo: John Lautner

Wood and glass

Photo: Cameron Neilson; Architect: Robert Harvey Oshatz. More details from this house here.

Glass house

Photo: Gluck+. More details from this house here.

Floating glass house

Photo: Architect Ryan Mankosk. More details from this house here.

Glass house

Photo: Paolo Belvedere; Architect: Zanon Architetti Associati. More details from this house here.

Glass skylight

Photo: Peter A. Sellar; Arhitect: Makow Associates Architect - Glass skylight above the staircase

Spectacular glass house

Photo: Architect Olga Freyman. More details from this house here.

Wood and glass

Photo: Eric Roth; Architect: ZeroEnergy Design