1.Louvre Pyramid (Paris)
This eye jaw-dropping Louvre Palace is pinpointed in the main courtyard, this pyramid is the main entrance to the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. In spite of the fact that the Louvre pyramid is small, 21.6 m in height,its square base has sides of 34 meters and a base surface area of 1,000 square meters (11,000 sq ft). It consists of 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments compared to the other buildings that will be covered here, it still stands out as an elegant piece of glass architecture and engineering. With 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments, the structure modernizes the Louvre Palace with great sophistication. A monumental piece of art structure, the Louvre Pyramid also adds romance to the French capital."The pyramid's distinctly modern articulation compliments the historic Louvre in a dialogue of harmonious contrast", says designing architect, IM Pei.
2. Federation Square (Melbourne)
The quirky structure of Federation Square's form supports the unmistakable tectonic geometry of the glass facade. It was constructed on 26th October 2002, covering an area of 3.2 ha (7.9) acresThe protective covering materials, sandstone, zinc, and glass have been merged within a triangular pinwheel grid. Then a cascading system of triangular panels ultimately make up the 'mega panel', that is outfitted onto the structural frame to construct the glass facade. Standing as a new civic precinct in the heart of Melbourne, Federation Square is a structural beauty to behold.
3.The Crystal (Copenhagen)
This building was launched on 11 March 2011, multifaceted building floats above the bustling city of Copenhagen. It has a low energy-consumption of only 70 kWh per sqm, or 25 percent less than the requirements of the existing energy legislation in Denmark. This is obtained with the highly effective insulating triple-layered inner glass façade which has a U-value of only 0.7 Wh per sqm. The roof is covered with photovoltaic panels generating 80,000 kWh per year. This building glass cladding reflects daylight and its surroundings using double-glazing glass. The glass features integrated sunscreen that permits the building to adapt to altering light conditions. Apart from its artistic system, the exterior glass also includes a subtle silk print design that controls the flow of sunlight giving life to the ambiance of the harbor area. Representing the Scandinavian definition of subtlety, technical precision, and elegant artistry is the reflection of this glass structure.
4.Garak Tower East (Seoul)
The construction of this façade was started in 2008 and was completed in 2011, a floor counting of 24 and area of 54,530 m2(587,000 sq ft)The glass facade of GT Tower in Seoul, South Korea is designed with a wave motion effect adding complexity to the nature of the cladding system of Seoul’s glass façade of Garak Tower. It has opulent edges which make the building different from every other glass facade structures here. The tower's design was inspired by the form and flow of traditional Korean poetry. The glass facade's alignment allows natural light to penetrate through the building to provide illumination. Serving as office spaces, the curvy glass structure is also a monumental landmark in the oriental city.
5.Emporia Shopping Mall (Malmö)
Renowned Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh is the designer of this monument, the Emporia building is draped in a golden glass facade that permits daylight to penetrate the courtyard's entrance. Around 200 shops are located in Emporia, with a total area of 93,000 m². The mall is three stories topped with a roof terrace measuring 27,000 m², equivalent to approximately four soccer fields. In total, the mall employs around 3,000 people. According to Emporia, they have around 25,000 visitors per day This is the biggest shopping malls in Scandinavia and stands as Malmö's monumental landmark alongside Malmö Arena and Hyllie railway station.
6.Reichstag Dome (Berlin)
The construction of this stunning monument was completed in 1894 and was renovated in 1967-64,1992. Berlin's Reichstag Dome is a beacon of the city's past as it was built to transform the Bundestag building that was wrecked by war. Serving as a viewing area, the dome is an architectural feat which holds a strong commitment to sustainability. To utilize natural light, the dome is built with a glass facade designed to pay careful attention to the movement of the sun. It advocates openness and reflects daylight all throughout and within the structure with its dome shape clad with glass. The intelligent glass system is automated with solar shade protecting the interior of the building from unwanted, direct solar gain. A renewable bio-fuel system burns refined vegetable oil instead of fossil fuels to provide energy to the building, resulting in a 94% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The dome's sustainable design causes it to produce more energy than it consumes and essentially performs as a mini power station for the new Bundestag quarter. Reichstag dome symbolizes the city's past while confidently embracing the future of its surroundings.
7.The Shard (London)
Standing high at a height of 306 m, the Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and an iconic glass structure at the heart of London. The building has a blue glass cladding of extremely high quality, which is designed to reflect the sky, clouds, and sunlight. It shimmers like a shard of glass during a bright, sunny day providing a beacon right in the middle of the city.
Of course, we can't talk about the Shard and not discuss the world's first top-down construction technique used to construct this glass tower. The first 23 stories of this 72-story concrete core building were built before the basement had been fully excavated. This stunning glass structure is both an architectural and engineering marvel.
8.Aldar Headquarters (Abu Dhabi)
The headquarters was completed in 2010, Roof height 110m (360ft), floor area around
61,900 m2 (666,000 sq ft).Although circular in elevation, the Aldar Headquarters building in Abu Dhabi used triangular glass panels arranged in diamond shape grids. This intelligent system captures the curved geometry of the building providing an almost column-free interior space. Traditional and modern ideas were infused to achieve this groundbreaking, glass facade structure
9.Harpa Concert Hall (Reykjavik)
Inspired by nature, the geometric glass facade of the Harpa Concert Hall was designed from the characteristics of the region's local basalt formations. As the building reflects and captures natural light it promotes dialogue between the building, city, and ambient profile. The glass facade was conceptualized to "dematerialize" the building as a still life entity and allow it to interact with the surrounding colors. The life of the building is sourced from the city light, ocean, and glow of the sky. Henning Larsen, Harpa's architectural designer, explained the concept behind their building facade system."Made of glass and steel in a twelve-sided space-filling geometric modular system called the 'quasi-brick', the building appears a kaleidoscopic play of colors, reflected in the more than 1000 quasi-bricks composing the southern facade".
10.One World Trade Center (New York)
The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre (6.5 ha) World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center. The tower's steel structure was topped out on August 30, 2012. On May 10, 2013, the final component of the skyscraper's spire was installed, making the building, including its spire, reach a total height of 1,776 feet (541 m). Its height in feet is a deliberate reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. The building opened on November 3, 2014; the One World Observatory opened on May 29, 2015. Towering above the concrete jungle of New York, One World Trade Center is a monumental glass-facade structure built to re-establish the lost part of the city. The structure rises above the financial district of lower Manhattan and is one of the world's tallest skyscraper. A shade of blue, luminous glass curtain wall clad the tower from the 20th floor up to the observatory, giving it a crystalline elegance.