• ArchiExpo e-Magazine - #40 - Glass - ArchiExpo e-Magazine


    Our November issue focuses on a beloved material. Professionals have enjoyed pushing glass to its limits and beyond, innovating new ways to manipulate it and enhance its capabilities. In the article “The House: All About That Glass”, we take you on a journey through time. We pay homage to those who sat at the forefront of implementing glass facades when constructing homes and marvel at the new uses of glass in today’s era. We highlight regional specificities in our piece “The Middle East: Innovating Glass in Extreme Climates”.

    This issue’s designer focus whisks us off to Poland for exclusive interviews with the country’s top designers. Jump to the article “Design: Poland in the Spotlight”.

    November is also the hottest month of the year in terms of technology. Portugal’s Web Summit the “largest technology conference in the world”, with over 1,000 speakers and 60,000 attendees. From this special event, we bring to you thoughts on how urbanism can benefit from technology in ” Urbanism: An Innovative & Sustainable Future “. DO NOT miss reading this article featuring exclusive interviews with Jeurgen Resch, founder and director of Wmoove, regeneration architect Thomas Ermacora and Yvonne Wassenaar, CEO of Airware (drones!).



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    Known to the ancient Egyptians, glass was first used to create small decorative objects. With time, processing became more efficient and economical, leading to its usage for larger objects and structures such as buildings and houses.

    The birth of the Maison de Verre in 1932, built by French architect Pierre Chareau and Dutch architect Bernard Bijvoet, opened up a world of possibilities for using glass in construction projects, inspiring architects worldwide to use this versatile material.

    The Maison de Verre was one of the first examples of the juxtaposition of traditional building materials like steel with glass. The Modernist Period saw wider use of glass, including the Glass House by American architect Philip Johnson.

    Completed in 1949, just before Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe’s Illinois Farnsworth House, it was one of the first of its kind in the United States.

    Christa Carr, Glass House communications director, told ArchiExpo e-Magazine the story behind its creation. Listen to the Soundcloud clip below for the exclusive interview.



    The Glass House commemorates its 10th anniversary this year as a National Trust for Historic Preservation site. A fundraising event hosted by Norman Foster and Robert A.M. Stern was recently held on its premises, celebrating the timeless beauty of this glass masterpiece.


    Super Architectural Glass


    External forces can affect the suitability of glass as a building material. But modern treatments are designed to increase its resistance to shock and confer insulating and other characteristics.

    AGC Glass from Japan has developed various types of “super architectural glasses” which can be used in different areas of the house. Insulating Glass  traps heat within the building, preventing its loss and contributing to the comfort of the occupants. Their Laminated Glass is made of several sheets of glass separated by PVB plastic film. If it breaks, fragments remain attached to the film, protecting people from flying glass.

    AGC Glass Europe

    AGC Glass Europe

    One of their stronger products is Toughened Glass, produced by heat treatment and five times stronger than ordinary glass in terms of resistance to physical or thermal shock. Homes may include a combination of these different types of glass, often in steel or wood frames.

    Stay up to date with AGC Glass through the online exhibition site ArchiExpo.


    Glass Inside and Out


    A house can showcase glass everywhere. A prime example is the S-House, designed by Yuusuke Karasawa for famous Japanese philosopher Takashi Shimizu. Construction took 33 months.

    Karasawa explained to ArchiExpo e-Magazine that he used “a normal float glass with a thickness of 10 mm.” He added that the size of the glass is nearly the maximum the manufacturer can produce. “I installed a special “mirror curtain” allowing people to see outside from inside but people cannot see inside from outside.”

    The mirror curtain is made with polyester, and it reflects sunlight and shines like a glass block or crystal when sunlight comes inside, especially in the morning.

    While its facade is made entirely of glass, the sisal hemp and oak flooring “make the space more natural and human,” the architect said.

    Karasawa was in Paris recently for the opening of “Japan-ness : Architecture et urbanisme au Japon depuis 1945” at the Pompidou Center Metz. The S-House was featured on the cover of the catalogue. Karasawa’s team is currently working on a daycare project in the Philippines. Windows consist of a series of glass panes set at different angles, mixed with mahogany elements.


    S-House / Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

    S-House / Yuusuke Karasawa Architects



    The Invisible and the Rotating


    Building a glass house has become easier nowadays with various glass manufacturers and suppliers to choose from. Guardian Glass launched their latest campaign called “The Invisible Glass” which offers a range of creative tools highlighting the benefits of using their invisible glass. Order a free sample of the invisible glass to check it out and consider including 360° rotating and sliding doors with the aid of Portapivot’s invisible pivot hinge kits called “Stealth Pivot” which can be ordered at their new B2B E-commerce store.


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    Construction glass is a building element that will never go out of fashion. Its remarkable flexibility makes it a reliable construction material that speeds the work and is ideal for embellishing facades. Since the construction boom of the 1990s, the Middle East, and Dubai in particular, have seen building designs...

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