Architecture around the world has seen a lot of changes over the years. There are lots of modern styles these days including the glass which is covering the building. It is one of the most sought after modern marvels in the world. There are lots of buildings being revamped to get more modern look.
Today, architecture is being changed in several unconventional ways. Being a dominating material, the glass is among the best features developed these days. There is a few of the glass buildings taken birth along the years, displaying great innovation and breathtaking beauty. Here are some of the most amazing glass buildings built in modern world –
10. Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop, Tokyo
Built on the Kanagawa Institute of Technology in Tokyo, it is among the most transparent buildings in the world. The complex structure has been designed by Junya & Associates who made it with steel columns and glass which are transparent. It consists of an open 2000 sq. m. wide hall with columns of different shapes and sizes. The whole interior will give you the feeling of being in a forest, instead a building.
9. The Botanical Garden of Curitiba
Opened for the tourists in 1991, The Botanical Garden of Curitiba’s design was inspired by the Crystal Palace of London which was built in the mid of 19th century. It is among the leading tourist attractions in the heart of Curitiba. The greenhouse consists of a seminal point of the garden where one can find various species of plants. Spanning around 450 sq. m, the art nouveau complex is an elegant greenhouse which is made of metal and glass, covered by beautiful fountains and water bodies.
8. The Farnsworth House, Plano
This building has got amazing see-through feature which gives the best look to it. It gives the intimate feeling of being a bit closer to nature than you were before. It consists of a room which is the most unique thing here. The glass building was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Dr. Edith Farnsworth to get a retreat in natural surroundings. The one-room structure was finished in 1951. In 2006, it was declared as a National Historic Landmark and became a museum for the tourists.
7. Hotel W, Barcelona
Barcelona is one of those Spanish cities which are famous for having both modern and medieval style buildings. Hotel W is located strategically in Barcelona. It has got the most prominent design of modern world. It was designed by Ricardo Bofill and finished in 2009. This 5-star hotel is built completely with glass to reflect natural light inside. It is shaped like a sail so it is known as Sail Hotel or Hotel Vela. By visiting and staying here, you will get the panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea on the back of glass walls.
6. Basque Health Department HQ, Bilbao
This building is truly very unique and beautiful in its design. It seems to be an art gallery or a museum at first glance. Actually it is neither a museum nor an art gallery. It is an office building which stands tall up to 13 stories. It is headquarter of the Basque Health Department. It is apparently one of the most iconic structures of Spain. You can get a lot of natural light on one side and explore the views of outdoors when you are inside. But from outside, it shows nothing but acts as a mirror. It is made of polyhedral glass. When visiting this place, tourists explore this building due to its beauty.
5. Louvre Pyramid, Paris
At first glance, it seems like the building is made of glass. It is probably one of the most popular glass buildings in the world. When it opened first for the public, it attracted a lot of criticism over the world. It seemed to be a blot on the classical architectural beauty of the pyramid. It seemed like throwing a party for a newborn. Built in 1989, this classic structure was designed by I.M. Pei. It consists of a museum inside. When you look around, you will see the whole structure.
4. Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision, the Netherlands
The Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision is located in Hilversum and it is among the most amazing marvels in the world. Designed by Michiel Riedijk and Jan Neutelings, the building is shaped like a cube and is fully enveloped by the vivid cast-glass panels. There are 10 floors in the building along with an underground hall. It gives literally mesmerizing view in night time. It is an archive and museum having most of the audio visual items produced there over time.
3. Dancing House, Prague
The way the Dancing House was built and shaped is the most mesmerizing thing you will see there. It is a unique and living epitome of modern architecture. Also called as Fred & Ginger, the Dancing House feels like it could fall at any time. In 1996, it was crowned as the Design of the Year award, despite having controversies in its construction. As the name suggests, the building is shaped like a couple who is dancing together. It shows the arms and legs. It makes the place to look like it is dancing. Built in 1996, it is located near Vltava River in Prague and covered by the old classic building. The building is actually a tribute to Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, and designed by Frank Gehry and Vlado Mulinic.
2. 30 St. Mary Axe, London
Also called as “The Gherkin”, the 30 St. Mary Axe is among the tallest modern marvels in London. Designed by architect Norman Foster, the construction of the building was finished in the year 2003. The entire structure of the building is almost covered by thick glass panels to provide ample use of temperature and natural light. The tower stands tall over 41 floors and uses a lot less power for activities than other structures. It was awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects in the year 2004.
1. National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
The National Centre for the Performing Arts or the National Grand Theatre is among the leading epitome of modern architecture. This multipurpose glass building is located in Beijing and designed by Paul Andreu, a French architect. Built in the year 2007, the whole structure is made of glass and titanium and it is also known as “The Giant Egg” due to its egg shape. It is well covered by an artificial lake. It consists of a concert hall, an opera house and a theatre which can seat up to 5000 guests combined.