The crystal palace was the first glass structures built in 1951, with advancements in technology today there are many more stunning glass structures in the world.
Here is a list of Top 10 glass buildings of the world:
Situated in London, United Kingdom this office building is a 600ft. tall glass building and spans across 40 floors. The building also won the RIBA award for best architecture back in 2004. The distinctive spiral shape stands out in the London skyline.
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Basque is located in the Spanish city of Bilbao and is used as the headquarters of the local Health Department. The design in very contemporary with glass facades facing in many directions. The place almost looks like a sophisticated art museum but is in fact just a normal office!
This is one the most famous and the earliest buildings in the list. The Louvre pyramid is at the entrance of the Louvre museum which houses the famous Mona Lisa painting. The pyramid like structure was completed in 1989 and has raised many eyebrows since it doesn’t fit into the historical surroundings. But looking at it separately, it is just a masterpiece that it deserves a place in the museum and not outside it!
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4. Reichstag Dome
Reichstag dome is very historically significant, it symbolises the unity among the German when East and West Germany were made into one. Unfortunately, the original dome was burnt down in a fire and a replacement provides a 360 degree view of Germany’s most important city-Berlin.
5. Great Glass House
This glass house spans the vast reaches of the Welsh green fields. It looks very similar to a droplet of water on a leaf of a plant when seen from high in the sky. The structural design was implemented by Norman foster and its 5 degree incline ensure that sunlight fills the building all throughout the day.
6. Kanagawa Institute of Technology
Kanagawa Institute of Technology or KIT for short is a well renowned college in the Japanese town of Kanagawa. Students from across the world come here to enrich their brains through great educational facilities. One such facility in the Institute is its Technology Workshop. The workshop is completely built using glass and is totally open to the environment. It is situated amidst lush greenery and the scenes from the Workshop are breath taking.
7. Curitiba Botanical Garden
The greenhouse situated in the Garden makes Curitiba a major tourist spot in Brazil. The structure is well made and designed. The botanical gardens which surround the greenhouse are always green anytime of the year and hence tourism is the major revenue for the city. Just a few minutes away from the gardens are waterfalls, lakes and fountains which is also another major tourist attraction.
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8. W Hotel
Barcelona is known for its mystical and romantic churches and for its football team. But another marvel in the city is the W Hotel on the beach. Every room from the hotel offers an enthralling sea view. The hotel rises to 350ft. into the skies and was designed by the famous structural engineer – Ricardo Bofill. If you are planning to visit Barcelona and have 1500$ to spare for your hotel accommodation per night, then this is the place to stay in!
9. The Shard
Previously called London Bridge Tower, the Shard is one of the youngest glass houses in the World. Its construction finished in 2013 and was the work of Renzo Piano. The views from the Shard are unmatched. This London glass house was popularized world over when the famous British magician Dynamo climbed to the terrace and levitated high into the sky. The performance was a part of his show Dynamo: Magician Impossible.
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10. Dancing House
Located in the capital of the Czech Republic-Prague, this glass building shows an infusion of two different eras. Half of the building is gothic and the other half of the building is adorned with a curvy glass structure. It was built in 1996 and won Design of the Year Award from Time magazine. The two halves of the building has their own names. The glass part is called Ginger whereas the Gothic part is called Fred.