Modern architecture has many areas that make it stand out as an impressive and eye-catching design movement. Of course, there are the interesting and creative uses of unusual materials and the exciting shapes which architects use. Though one of the main ways in which designers implement interesting design is through the use of glass. Glass is, after all, one of the most versatile materials in the world. Its reflections, colours, and shape all make it a brilliant material to work with and a popular favourite among many of the world’s leading architects. So, what are some of the best examples of glass features in modern architecture?
This blog would simply not be complete without the inclusion of quite possibly the world’s most iconic glass structure. The pyramids which make up part of the roof of the famous Louvre museum in Paris are unquestionably iconic. In fact, it wouldn’t be too rogue to claim they are some of the most famous structures on the entire planet. They are made using a series of diamond-shaped glass sections which are attached together using a metal frame. The largest of the pyramids is a staggering 21.6 metres and was completed in 1989. The architect I M Pei became one of the most famous architects in the industry after the building’s completion and rightly holds a place among the industry’s greats.
Designed by Paul Andreu the building was completed in 2007 and has been named ‘The Giant Egg’. Though this name doesn’t exactly cover it in glory, the building is one of the best examples of symmetrical architecture in the world. The entire exterior of the building is covered in thousands of small class segments which creates the fantastic symmetrical shape. The building even reflects the light of the rising and setting sun becoming a work of art in its own right.
The UK is, of course, home to many famous glass buildings. As the industrial revolution gained speed in the 19th century many groundbreaking building techniques were developed in the UK and a great deal of them still stand today. When Kings Cross Station opened its doors in 1852 it was one of the finest examples of this new movement in the world. Nowadays it is unquestionably one of the country’s most iconic buildings. Of course, this is thanks to the building’s jaw-dropping dual-arched roof which is lined by curved glass segments. If you’re planning your own project and need some glass doors or windows then make sure you contact us today! We have many years of experience in the industry and can certainly help you with all of your glass needs.