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The Best Uses of Glass in Modern Architecture

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As defined by the Royal Institute of British Architects, modernist architecture of the 20th century was primarily associated with an analytical approach to the function of buildings that rejected ornament and embraced minimalism. One aspect of Modernism that is often overlooked, however, is how it blurred the boundaries between the inside of buildings and the…

As defined by the Royal Institute of British Architects, modernist architecture of the 20th century was primarily associated with an analytical approach to the function of buildings that rejected ornament and embraced minimalism.

One aspect of Modernism that is often overlooked, however, is how it blurred the boundaries between the inside of buildings and the outside world. Some of the best uses of glass in modernist architecture make use of the only weightless building material. Light.

Light and Glass

When it comes to architecture, light’s inclusion and purpose came from 20th-century architect Louis Kahn who once remarked, “the sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building.”

The use of glass in modern buildings comes from the architectural philosophy that questions how we integrate the interior and exterior of a building to create spaces that best reflect natural states of work, rest and play.

Glass Design Trends

The energy efficiency and cost savings of switchable glass have seen it make significant headway in commercial office spaces.  As well as these primary benefits, employees are also gaining the advantage of feeling more connected to their surroundings; the increased natural light has been shown to improve both their health and productivity.

If vibrant stained glass is a little too much for you, there are plenty of less daunting options in existence. Subtle textures, shapes and other designs are becoming more heavily incorporated into architectural glass. From tonal changes to the glass and discrete colour or distressing right through to the adopting of more prominent choices to inspire conversation – decorative glass is becoming more widely embraced.

A feature that is becoming ever more present within modernist homes and offices is the sliding glass wall. With the opportunity of fully opening up your space to the outdoors – and a vast abundance of natural light – these walls allow for a more fluid relationship between the inhabitant and nature. These sliding glass walls are opening up new opportunities – allowing architects to play with the boundaries between interiors and exteriors.

Here at Osborn Glass, we appreciate the beauty of modernist architecture that blends the inside and outside with ease. With a selection of glass products, ranging from full shop fronts to bevelled interior designs. Get in contact today for more information!

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