Glass buildings are some of the beautiful structures in the world. Each is a unique and functional work of art. These glass buildings are just part of what inspires Omni to create the perfect glass installation.
In our humble opinion, here are the 20 most beautiful glass buildings in the world.
1. National Grand Theater of China
The National Grand Theater of China is located in Beijing, China, close to Tiananmen Square. It is a multi-functioning glass building designed by architect Paul Andreu. The structure stands in a man-made island and hosts an opera house, concert hall, shopping district and more. The National Grand Theater is made from glass and titanium.
2. Bloch Building at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Bloch Building at the Nelson-Elkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, is a mix of a Roman classical style with a twist of modern design. The entire structure is covered in frosted glass and illuminated from within to look like Japanese lanterns. The building was designed by Steven Holl Architects.
3. Philip Johnson’s Glass House
Philip Johnson’s Glass House is located in New Canaan, Connecticut, and is globally recognized as a feat of modern architecture. Designed by Philip Johnson, an American architect, The Glass House is meant to blend seamlessly into the beautiful Connecticut landscape. Can you see the glass?
4. Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop The Institute of Technology in Kanagawa, Japan, has a completely transparent studio and workspace, allowing students to work in optimal natural lighting. The glass building was designed by Junya Ishigami and Associates.
5. The Botanical Garden of Curitiba, Brazil
The Botanical Garden of Curitiba is a geometrical greenhouse located in Curitiba, Brazil. Architect, Abraão Assad, found inspiration for the Botanical Garden from the Crystal Palace in London. The gardens surrounding the glass structure mimic the French style in its grand splendor.
6. House Cafe Kanyon by Autoban Architects
The House Cafe Kanyon by Autoban Architects offers a unique dining experience. The restaurant’s building is structured in a steel and glass shell, standing alone inside the Kanyon Mall in Istanbul, Turkey.
7. Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, designed by leading architects, Willem Jan Neutelings and Michiel Riedijk, is one of the most colorful and dramatic glass buildings in the world. The building was structured as a cube and then covered with colored cast-glass panels.
8. Wisconsin Institution of Medical Research at University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Wisconsin Institution of Medical Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (WIMR) is modern design using large glass panels to maximize natural light. The illumination of natural light through the structure creates a bright setting and provides a more open atmosphere to the building.
9. La Estancia Glass Chapel of Cuernavaca
Designed by Bunker Architects as a place someone would want to get married in, La Estancia Glass Chapel of Cuernavaca is a beautiful example of how glass can be used to construct a traditional Mexican baroque colonial style.
10. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Source: Flickr
Though the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, located in Bilbao, Spain, may seem to be randomly designed, architect Frank Gehry purposely created this structure in a way that would catch light. This building blends materials such as titanium, glass, and limestone.
11. The Glass Home by Carlo Santambrogio
The Glass Home, designed by Carlo Santambrogio, is located in Milano, Italy. The entire glass building is covered in 6 millimeter blue tinted glass panels. Even the furniture and fixtures are made from glass. Throwing stones is strongly discouraged.
12. Sports and Leisure Center in Saint-Cloud, France
The Sports and Leisure Center, located in Saint-Cloud France, is an impressive glass building which blends bold colors and a modern cubism design, yet is highly usable and valuable space. Designed for the youth of Saint-Cloud, KOZ Architects created this space to be fun and utilized maximum space for the different sports facilities inside.
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The Aldar Headquarters, designed by MZ Architects, is located in Abu Dhabi and is a completely circular office building. The construction was completed using a steel diagrid to sustain the circular shape and then covered with glass panels.
14. The Farnsworth House
Designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Farnsworth House is located near Plano, Illinois, and is nestled along the Fox River. The Farnsworth House is recognized internationally as a notable example of modern and domestic architecture.
15. The Sage
The Sage, a center for the performing arts, music education, and conferences, is located in Gateshead, England, and designed by architects Foster and Partners. The structure is original in its curved design using glass and steel as its primary materials.
16. 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin)
30 St Mary Axe, or commonly known as “the Gherkin,” is the tallest structure in London’s financial district. Architecture firm, Foster and Partners, designed the Gherkin to maximize the use of natural light. The material used to maximize the light is a thick, laminated glass which surrounds the exterior of the structure.
17. Louvre Pyramid
The Louvre Pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre in Paris, France. It was designed by French architects, I. M. Pei and Partners, to be a transparent pyramid. The glass building is completely made out of glass and supported by steel beams and cables.
18. The Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Designed by architect Vlado Milunic to resemble American dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The Dancing House, located in Prague, Czech Republic, stands out among Prague’s beautiful old architecture as a dazzling modern piece of art.
19. Basque Health Department Headquarters of Bilbao Spain
The Basque Health Department Headquarters is located in architectural hotspot, Bilbao, Spain, and is designed by Coll-Barreu Arquitectos. The Headquarters’ use of angular glass material gives the building a unique and mesmerizing appearance.
20. Langen Foundation by Tadao Ando, Germany
The Langen Foundation is located in Neuss, Germany. It was formerly a NATO base and now the spectacular building serves as a museum of modern art. The glass enveloping the inner concrete structure serves as a glass curtain and reflects the man-made pond surrounding the museum. This structure was designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates.