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50 Glass Architecture Examples

From Scenic Study Pavilions to Glass-Wrapped Urban Abodes

— January 14, 2015 — Art & Design
Playing with transparency, these glass architecture examples range from to scenic study pavilions to glass-wrapped urban abodes. Whether building modernist residences or open concept gallery spaces, architects tend to use glass materials when aiming to make a strong visual impact with their projects.

From the sensory to the minimalist, these glass architecture examples rely on a lightweight and transparent material that provides one with endless design possibilities. The striking buildings on this list boast complex ceiling applications, transparent LED displays and glass-wrapped exterior facades that play with positive and negative space.

Fans of the iconic material will appreciate its versatility and the subtle air of elegance its designs tend to exude. A standout from this list is the Singapore Changi Airport plan that features an all-glass construction. The structure is reminiscent of a solarium and brings a hint of greenery to an industrial and urban area.
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Reflective Panel Pavilions
Reflective Panel Pavilions
The Breath Box Has Been Completed in France by NAS Architecture
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Glass-Wrapped Residences
Glass-Wrapped Residences
This Angular Residence Features a Glass Coating Resembling Shrink-Wrap
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48
Cantilevered Glass Condos
Cantilevered Glass Condos
The 35XV Residences by FXFOWLE Architects is a Luxury New York Building
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47
Fragmented Glass Structures
Fragmented Glass Structures
Imagine Institute by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Valero Gadan Architectes
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46
Rectangular Stacked Hotels
Rectangular Stacked Hotels
Le Meridien Hotel Has a Distinct Shape
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45
Reflective River Buildings
Reflective River Buildings
This Water Traffic Control Building Looks Out Towards Local Waterways
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44
Interaction-Encouraging Houses
Interaction-Encouraging Houses
The Orange House Allows Children to Connect with the Environment
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43
Sunken Entrance Buildings
Sunken Entrance Buildings
The Grotiusgebouw in the Netherlands Contains Multiple Layers
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42
Waved Glass Architecture
Waved Glass Architecture
The EEA and Tax Office Campus Receive an Additional Building
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41
Sparse Industrial Workspaces
Sparse Industrial Workspaces
This Industrial Office Takes Advantage of its Location
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40
Robot-Built Pavilions
Robot-Built Pavilions
The ICD ITKE Research Pavilion is Modeled After a Flying Beetle
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39
Limitlessly Layered Homes
Limitlessly Layered Homes
The Cosmic House Features a Mixture of Closed and Open Spaces
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38
Cliffside Glass Abodes
Cliffside Glass Abodes
The Tula House is Situated in Beautiful British Columbia
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37
Sculptural Glass Dwellings
Sculptural Glass Dwellings
The Rebberg Dielsdorf House is Modeled After a Vine
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36
Stunning Seafront Abodes
Stunning Seafront Abodes
The Rambla House is Unusually Connected to the Outdoors
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35
Dynamic Fashion Buildings
Dynamic Fashion Buildings
Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry is an Artwork of Glass
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34
Geometrically Independent Abodes
Geometrically Independent Abodes
La Leonera House Uses Two Distinct Shapes
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33
Mountain-Inspired Abodes
Mountain-Inspired Abodes
This Japanese Hipped Roof House Mimics a Local Mountain
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32
Sinuous Sculptural Abodes
Sinuous Sculptural Abodes
This Spectacular Home Features an Organic Design Principle
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31
Cramped Concrete Homes
Cramped Concrete Homes
House Vineyard Dieseldorf is Located in an Awkwardly Cramped Plot
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30
Energy-Positive Buildings
Energy-Positive Buildings
The EpiCenter Expansion Building Will Generate its Own Electricity
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Mountain Adventure Accommodations
Mountain Adventure Accommodations
Mountain Hostel by Atelier 8000 Boasts Gorgeous Winter Views
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28
Open Facade Workspaces
Open Facade Workspaces
The New Office for 'MediaXplain' Has Unobstructed Views
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Fluidly Spacious Showrooms
Fluidly Spacious Showrooms
The Obumex Outside Building Blurs the Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
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26
Enclosed Timber Abodes
Enclosed Timber Abodes
The Open House Features a Timber Frame
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25
Bento Box Architecture
Bento Box Architecture
Process5 Designs the Takagi Industrial Co. Office
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24
Contemporary Suspended Housing
Contemporary Suspended Housing
The Pole House by Studio F2 Architecture Boasts Ocean Views
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Abstract School Houses
Abstract School Houses
This Colorful School Room Makes Use of a Once-Abandoned Space
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22
Sleek Cliffside Residences
Sleek Cliffside Residences
This Five-Bedroom Home is Located on a Sensitive Site
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21
Multi-Garden Abodes
Multi-Garden Abodes
The 'House of Eight Gardens' Features Views of the Abundant Plant Life
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20
Compressed Glass Installations
Compressed Glass Installations
The Tectonics of Transparency Sculpture Changes with the Viewer
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19
Top-Heavy Glass Buildings
Top-Heavy Glass Buildings
This Luxury New York Residence is Designed by ODA
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18
Glass House Distilleries
Glass House Distilleries
The Bombay Sapphire Head Office by Thomas Heatherwick is Impressive
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17
Sprawling Nature Abodes
Sprawling Nature Abodes
The Mountain View Home is Closely Related to the Landscape
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Gleaming Golden Skyscrapers
Gleaming Golden Skyscrapers
Donald Trump is Planning to Build a Golden Trump Tower in Mumbai
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15
Scenic Study Pavilions
Scenic Study Pavilions
This Lakeside Study Spot is in the Perfect Location for Contemplation
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14
Airy Open Townhouses
Airy Open Townhouses
This Modern Townhouse Maintains a Strong Connection to the Outdoors
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13
Modest Riverside Abodes
Modest Riverside Abodes
Christopher Simmonds Architect Designed a Contemporary House in Canada
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12
Contemporary Bungalow Abodes
Contemporary Bungalow Abodes
This 1960s Bungalow Features a Glass Rooftop Pavilion
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11
Compact Seaside Residences
Compact Seaside Residences
The Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura is Stylish Small Space
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10
Modernist Seaside Residences
Modernist Seaside Residences
The Gumno House by Turato Architects is Located in Krk Croatia
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9
Urban Park Airports
Urban Park Airports
The Singapore Changi Airport to Offer Greenery and Fresh Air for Travelers
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8
Camouflaged Glass Residences
Camouflaged Glass Residences
These Mirrored Homes for Holiday Rental Blend into Their Surroundings
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7
Secluded Nature Cabins
Secluded Nature Cabins
The Juvet Landscape Hotel Offers a Natural Getaway
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6
Elevated Eco Homes
Elevated Eco Homes
GLUCK+'s Tower House Residence Treads Lightly on the Land
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5
All-Glass Bridges
All-Glass Bridges
Thomas Heatherwick Proposes a Fragile Bridge for London
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4
Floating Green House Architecture
Floating Green House Architecture
Studio Mobile's The Jellyfish Barge is a Modern Garden Residence
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3
Tree House Abodes
Tree House Abodes
This London House Blends Into Its Environment
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2
Luxurious Seaside Wonderlands
Luxurious Seaside Wonderlands
This Gorgeous Seaside Property Takes Advantage of the Views
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Woodsy Prefab Cabins
Woodsy Prefab Cabins
Chris Pardo Design's Small Prefab Home is Ideal for Cozying Up with Nature
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