Snapshots: Great Glazing

  •  The basics: A three-panel glass mural adorning the outside wall of La Fiesta Square, an upscale shopping center in downtown Lafayette, Calif., features pieces of shattered glass, pieced together to create a scene. Using shattered, clear tempered glass catches the light and reflects it to show detail in a way that ceramic mosaic cannot achieve. The scenes are cohesive and pop from a...
  • The basics: The domed skylight crowning the large atrium at The Alfond Inn at Rollins College has become a key identifying feature of the boutique hotel in Winter Park, Fla. Spanning nearly 39 feet in diameter, this multi-slope, dome skylight with cupola and finial is framed in aluminum with a bronze finish. The Alfond Inn embraces the surrounding campus’ Spanish- Mediterranean revival style:...
  •                The basics: When tasked with designing the Omni Nashville Convention Center Hotel, a 21-story, 825,000-square-foot tower,  the architectural team from HKS Inc. faced two primary challenges: integrating the building, functionally and aesthetically, into the city’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum;...
  • The basics: The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts—a four-acre complex of six buildings—was created after the University received sizable donations, including $175 million dollars from filmmaker George Lucas. Lucas donated $75 million for the construction project and $100 million for the School of Cinematic Arts endowment. When Lucas made his donation, he...
  • The basics: The use of glazing in the design of the massive redevelopment for Glendale Galleria, a 1.5 million-square-foot iconic retail and dining venue and integral mainstay of the Los Angeles community since 1976, addressed several key issues, including striking a balance between aesthetic and functional upgrades that improve access and circulation for the 10+ million visitors each year. From...
  • The basics: Located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the West Court of the National Academy of Sciences’ headquarters underwent a renovation project with a mission to create a building using sustainable preservation practices. The building integrates modern systems, materials and infrastructure within the historic fabric of the building. Skylights enclose three courtyards to create new...
  • The basics: Located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the glass-studded Arena Corinthians, the football stadium that hosted six games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil—including the opening game—features an original, modern design, heavily accented by extra-clear glass, selected for its aesthetic qualities for use in the façades, balustrades and VIP lounges. The arena’s architects wanted a design...
  • The basics: Orchestra Hall, home of the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis, originally opened in 1974 and received a major renovation completed in July 2013. The renovation includes a new all-glass curtain wall, the majority of which incorporates 23,400 square feet of conventionally glazed aluminum pressure-wall system. While this system is specifically engineered for the required high-span...
  • The basics: More than 400 tons of one-inch-thick double-paned plate glass make up the Glass Labyrinth, a sculpture by legendary artist Robert Morris, which was built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Mo. The 62-foot by 62-foot by 62-foot, 7-foot-tall clear glass labyrinth is comprised of 53 pieces of large glass...
  • The basics: Before renovation, South Intermediate High School, part of Broken Arrow Public Schools in Oklahoma, met largely in portable buildings. The $9.4 million project renovated 9,800 square feet and added approximately 33,700 square feet of space, giving students and teachers the permanent and updated space they needed.Building designers integrated the school’s existing structures with the...
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    Great Glazing: Custom interior officeThis commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels suspended from the ceiling. Created by Tulsa artist May Yang, the mural is based on local Oklahoma themes, transitioning from rural landscape to the Tulsa skyline.   Great Glazing: Joliet Junior College Campus...
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