From Thomas Heatherwick’s Bombay Sapphire Distillery in London to Dominic Wilcox’s driverless car topped with a stained-glass dome, we look at eight innovative uses of the translucent material.
1 Aula Medica by Wingårdhs
Swedish architecture firm Wingårdhs clad this auditorium, for the Karolinska Institutet medical university, in six types of glass. The triangular panes address insulation, shade and transparency, with patterns that produce stunning reflections.
2 Shade Greenwich by Simon Heijdens
This kaleidoscope of light and shadow, designed by British designer Simon Heijdens for London’s Now Gallery, emanates from glass panes patterned with computer-controlled triangular cells. Reacting to the winds outside, they change from opaque to clear, filtering light accordingly.
3 Mini Cathedral by Dominic Wilcox
British artist and designer Dominic Wilcox has crafted his vision of the future within a stained glass shell. Imagining that by 2059 computer-driven vehicles will have eradicated collisions, he has turned the car – a collaboration with Mini that is officially named Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future – into an ideal spot for a nap.
4 Bombay Sapphire Distillery by Thomas Heatherwick
Thomas Heatherwick’s much-anticipated greenhouses, designed for the gin brand’s London headquarters, opened in the fall. The curving structures, built with uniquely engineered panes, siphon excess heat from the distillation hall for cultivating botanical ingredients.
5 The South Campus Chiller Plant by Ross Barney Architects
Ross Barney Architects’ chilling plant at Ohio State University features dichroic glass fins from Goldray Industries. Through these embellishments, the sun casts polychromatic shadows across the concrete facade, an effect that changes throughout the day.
6 Skyttelbron Bridge by Metro Arkitekter
This bridge in Lund, Sweden, offers pedestrians and cyclists a sunset-hued view of a drab part of the city. Metro Arkitekter chose four colours of glass, one for each set of stairs that connects to the railway platform below.
7 Shimmer table by Glas Italia
Glas Italia commissioned Patricia Urquiola to design a set of low tables using laminated and glued glass. The iridescent coating gives an ethereal finish that appears to move, like gasoline floating on water. Available in transparent and acid-etched styles.
8 Pattern+ by 3Form
These wall panels, a customizable addition to the Infinite Glass line, can be specified in patterned and etched versions, in a range of colours and textures. Manufactured from clear-float or low-iron glass, in 12 gauges.