Top 10 Amazing Glass Buildings in the World

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10. Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop – Tokyo

 

Kanagawa Institute of Technology

 

It is Located on the campus of Kanagawa Institute of Technology is one of the most transparent constructions out there. It was designed by Junya Ishigami and Associates. The building is essentially a single room about 2000 square meters large. It is composed of only glass panels and white steel columns of varying size and shape. The whole design gives a sense of forest rather than a building.

 

 

9. The Farnsworth House – Plano

 

The Farnsworth House

 

The Farnsworth House is Located along the Fox River near the city of Plano, the major feature of the building is its transparency which brings the inmates closer to nature. It is a one room building finished in 1951 for Dr. Edith Farnsworth as a rural retreat. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006 and is a museum now.

 

 

8. Basque Health Department Headquarters – Bilbao

 

Basque Health Department Headquarters

 

The beauty of Basque Health Department Headquarters building may prompt you to think it is an art gallery or museum rather than an office building. But the 13-storey headquarters of the Basque Health Department is one of the iconic buildings in Spain. It was designed by Coll-Barreu Arquitectos. Its polyhedral glass facade allows the natural light to enter inside and make the interior luminous and also reflects the sky. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Bilbao.

 

 

7. Hotel W – Barcelona

 

Hotel W - Barcelona

 

W Hotel is located on the coastline of Barcelona. It is Designed by Ricardo Bofill and finished in 2009, this five star hotel is covered by glass which transmits the natural light. The hotel is designed in the model of a sail, which earned it the nickname Hotel Vela (Sail Hotel), and provides the guests a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea from behind the glass walls.

 

 

6. Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

 

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

 

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is Located in Hilversum. Designed by architects Willem Jan Neutelings and Michiel Riedijk, the building is in the shape of a cube and is covered with colored cast-glass panels. It has a total of 10 floors, half of which are underground. The night view of the building is particularly mesmerizing. It is a museum and archive which houses most of the audiovisual materials produced in the country for a long time.

 

 

5. Louvre Pyramid – Paris

 

Louvre Pyramid, Paris

 

Louvre Pyramid is attracted a large amount of criticism on its opening as well. Many architects believed it was a blot on the beauty of the classic architecture of Louvre Museum. However, the structure, built in 1989, is one of the iconic glass constructions in the world. Designed by architect I. M. Pei, the pyramidical structure serves as the principal entrance to the renowned museum.

 

 

4. 30 St Mary Axe – London

 

30 St Mary Axe

 

The 30 St Mary Axe is one of the tallest structures in London. Designed by Norman Foster, its construction was finished in 2003. Most of the building is covered with thick glass panels, which enhances the use of natural light and temperature. The building; which has 41 floors, uses much less energy for its activities compared to similar structures. It received the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize in 2004.

 

 

3. The Botanical Garden of Curitiba

 

The Botanical Garden

 

The Botanical Garden was opened in 1991 and it is Located in the center of Curitiba. It is one of the major tourist attractions in the city. The greenhouse forms the seminal part of the garden, where various species of plants are grown. An art nouveau building spanning over 450 square meters in area, the greenhouse is an elegant construction made of glass and metal, surrounded by waterfalls and fountains.

 

 

2. Dancing House – Prague

 

Dancing House

 

The Dancing House is a unique piece of modern architecture and it is built in 1996. This building is located in Prague near the Vltava river in the midst of old classic buildings. The shape of the building resembles a pair of dancers, a tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It was designed by architects Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry. Although controversial on its construction, the building won the Design of the Year award by Time magazine in 1996.

 

 

1. National Centre for the Performing Arts – Beijing

 

National Centre for the Performing Arts

 

National Centre for the Performing Arts is one of the prime specimen of modern architecture is located in Beijing. It is a multi-purpose glass building designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Built in 2007, the building is made of titanium and glass, and is commonly called ‘The Giant Egg’ by the natives owing to its shape. It is surrounded by an artificial lake. The building houses an opera house, concert hall and theatre hall which can together seat more than 5000 guests.

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