Maybe there’s an office building or skyscraper in your town that fascinates you with its windows. It might be because during the day they provide privacy but at night you can peek into see what’s inside. Maybe is just the mesmerizing way they were designed to create a pattern. With today’s technology, large parts of buildings – or the building – may be built with glass and glass windows. Here are 5 famous uses of glass in architecture.
1. The Louvre Pyramid, Paris: Truly a work of art by itself, the Louvre pyramid was designed for a very pedestrian level. The Louvre was being overwhelmed by visitors and a new entrance was needed. The challenges to draw the eye up so the underground entrance didn’t look like a subway and, yet, to retain the view of the three wings of the museum. The pyramid is 71 feet high and made of 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass pieces.
2. The Egg, Beijing: The National Centre for the Performing Arts is more affectionately known as The Egg. Surrounded by a manmade lake, the “egg” appears to be floating on the water. It holds three separate venues. The Opera Hall seats almost 2,500 and is used for ballet, dance and, of course, opera. The music hall holds another 2,000 plus and is home to concerts and recitals. The smallest venue is the Theatre Hall which only hold 1,040 for its performances.
3. The Dancing House, Prague: Imagine a man and a woman with the woman curving into the man as they dance. No wonder this building has been called “Fred and Ginger”, which is also the name of the restaurant on the top floor. The restaurant is the only part of the building open to the public – it’s known for both its cuisine and its views!
4. The Gherkin, London: First known by its address, 30 St. Mary Axe, it’s shape won it the nickname of Gherkin. It’s shaped like a cigar and had diamond-shaped glass panels. You might think the distinctive light and dark swirling pattern was built for beauty, but it’s actually an energy-saving design that lets air flow up the spiraling façade.
5. Reichstag Dome, Berlin: The glass dome tops the government building. Visit and you’ll get a fabulous 360-degree view of Berlin plus an interactive guide that will tell you if Parliament is in session or not. Berlin has a blend of historical and modern buildings – the Dome fits right in.
Glass gives us a view of the world around us whether you’re gazing up through the Louvre Pyramid or down at Prague or Berlin from their glass wonders. Maybe you’re just admiring the view that all yours – the one through the windows of your home. Make them beautiful, too. Replacing old windows with today’s energy-efficient new windows in an instant facelift for your home. Plus, you may get real savings with your energy costs! Just make sure you work with a professional, too. Leave designing new glass wonders of the world to the architects. A licensed window replacement company is the pro you need!