Decorative Glass: The Projects


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The burgeoning trends in decorative glass are making their way into projects of all types—from restaurants to museums, and airports to retail stores. Below are 10 projects that demonstrate the below product and application trends.

Product trends:

  • Back-painted glass and colors
  • Textures
  • Digital imagery
  • Custom laminated glass

Application trends:

  • Energy efficiency and daylighting
  • Branding
  • Privacy
  • Focal point
William H. Gross Stamp Gallery
The William H. Gross Stamp Gallery, a $66 million addition to the National Postal Museum at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., features a striking display of digital imaging technology on glass.

Trends: 

  • Digital Imagery
 Genesis Centre of Community Wellness
Architects for the new Genesis Centre of Community Wellness looked to a dichroic glass facade to achieve an eye-catching exterior for the complex's central building, and regulate thermal transmission. 

Trends:

  • Colors
  • Energy-efficiency 
AACC Truxal Library
The Anne Arundel (Md.) Community College’s Truxal Library recently received a major renovation that included installation of a custom decorative glass façade.

Trends:

  • Energy-efficiency
  • Branding 

Gundersen Health System  
The owner and architect of Gundersen Health System in Lacrosse, Wis., specified a glass feature wall to act as a monumental work of art in the building’s lobby while providing privacy. 

Trends:

  • Textures
  • Colors
  • Privacy
  • Focal point 
Retail display for high-end store
“The intent of this glass job was to create a focal wall that would attract attention and draw the viewer in for a closer examination,” says Chris Mammen, president of M3 Glass Technologies, about a decorative glass wall the company created for a high-end retailer.

Trends:

  • Branding
  • Colors 

Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas  
Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, looked to decorative glass to provide high-end style and privacy within the high-limit slot gambling area. 

Trends:

  • Textures
  • Colors
  • Privacy 

“Sublimare,” at the San Diego Airport  
Highlighting the Arrivals and Departure Plaza at the San Diego Airport is a large public glass art piece, “Sublimare.”

Trends:

  • Digital imagery
  • Focal point 

LAX Petrossian Caviar and Champagne Bar Decorative glass played a key role in the design of the Petrossian Caviar and Champagne Bar at the newly renovated Los Angeles International Airport Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Trends:

  • Custom laminated glass

JBGS Showroom, Merchandise Mart  
With the Joel Berman Glass Studios Showroom, Merchandise Mart in Chicago, company officials wanted to create and provide an environment entertaining to a showroom visitor while demonstrating the effects of the glass.

Trends:

  • Textures 

Patient Room 2020
Glass is a critical component of Patient Room 2020, a next-generation healthcare design prototype of a safer, more streamlined, restorative, and engaging environment for patients, families, and caregivers.

Trends:

  • Colors
  • Privacy