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The incredible glass building around the world.

In today's architectural design and interior decoration, the use of glass is becoming more and more common. Whether it's stylish and effective glass blocks or decorative glass, they are stylish, beautiful, and stunning to look at.

1. The CHANEL boutique / Amsterdam

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This unusual building on the PC Hooftstraat shopping street in Amsterdam is a CHANEL boutique. You may not believe your eyes. The glass bricks organically continue the historical masonry. Transparent windows are used to showcase new collections. Extra-strong solid glass blocks cast in Italy using a special technique were used here. Its design takes into account the fact that, if necessary, any damaged fragments can be replaced with new glass blocks without demolishing the facade.

2. The Optical Glass House/Japan

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Designed by Japanese studio Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, this house is located on a busy street in central Hiroshima. To protect the residents from the constant noise of cars and trams, the architects erected an 8.6 by 8.6-meter glass brick wall that acts as a buffer. Behind it are a terrace and a small garden with living areas in the depths.

3. The Glass House/Italy

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The specialists of the Italian company Santambrogio Milano wanted to build a house made entirely of glass. The Glass House is made of ultra-clear Saint Gobain glass. This tempered glass, laminated glass and insulated glass, named Diamond for its extreme purity and luminosity, is joined uniquely by using matching spacers (30 to 60 mm), with a special technology designed to ensure an absolute safety program to process. The walls of The Glass House are made of super strong 7 mm glass in shades of blue. In it, the architect designed the interior partitions, the steps, and all the furniture.

4. The PORTS 1961’S BOUTIQUE/Shanghai

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The PORTS' Shanghai flagship store is located in the bustling Shanghai Jing'an Temple commercial circle, at the intersection of Changde Road and Nanjing Westbound. Architects Eiri Ota and Irene Gardpoit from the Canadian office of UUfie designed its unusual exterior. The architects were inspired by the image of icebergs. The design evokes the idea of topography, like icebergs floating in the ocean; the building undulates, expands, and contracts as if shaped by its surroundings.

5. The GORES GROUP office building/USA

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Architect studio Belzberg Architects has updated the Gores Group office building in Beverly Hills. The building's most striking feature is its futuristic exterior, which is assembled from a large number of glass panels of different shapes. A professional team has developed a new glazing system. Considering all factors, including sound insulation, the thickness of the transparent facade is considered. The roof of the new building is being developed and will have a small park above it where the company's employees can rest.



Located in the city of Nantes in northwestern France, the building complex belongs to Credit National Mutual and its financial services group CIC. AIA Associés, a large French architectural design agency, is responsible for the architectural design. Their architectural design emphasizes the feeling of ecology and nature. For this bank project, they tried to convey a light and transparent feeling. The first three floors of the building are used as offices, with meeting rooms and a café below, and the restaurant and exhibition hall at the bottom.

7. The CANAG AWA Institute of Technology / Japan

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This stunning building at Kanagawa Institute of Technology in Japan was designed by Junya Ishigami & Associates. Inside is a large room, divided by columns, with an area of 2000 square meters. Also, pots with live plants are placed anywhere in the room. The architects wanted to emphasize the connection between interior and exterior and to dissolve the boundaries between interior spaces and the surrounding landscape.

8. The New Solar Energy/Taiwan

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The futuristic exterior has an accordion shape. The glass panels are fixed on metal rails. Vertical blinds allow you to adjust the level of lighting in your home if necessary. The authors of the project emphasize that, in addition to the aesthetic aspects, the glass facades, and natural light, greatly save electricity, which is especially important in office buildings.

9. The Roca Showroom Barcelona / Spain

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The Spanish architectural agency OAB (Office of Architecture in Barcelona) has designed the exhibition center for the Spanish company Roca Group, a renowned manufacturer of sanitary ware. The author of the project is architect Carlos Ferrater. The idea is to create the illusion of flowing water on the facade of the building. To achieve this effect, a special technique was developed. The facades are made of glass supplied by Cricursa. At night, the facade is illuminated and looks especially impressive.

10. The louver-lens museum / France

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The Louvre-lens Museum in Lens, France was designed by SANAA, New York, and Paris firm Imrey Culbert, landscape architect Catherine Mosbach and studio Adrien Gardère, and was completed at the end of 2012. The exhibition halls in the museum are distributed according to the topography. The walls are made of glass. There is no complete functional division in the exhibition halls. The partition effect is weakened, and the communication effect with the outside world is strengthened. The entire exhibition hall becomes bright.

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