Material selections and light play an important role in architectural design. These elements are essential to making a human connection to our built environments, helping to shape our emotional wellbeing. With the generation of progressive ideas for new uses of materials, an entire space can be transformed.
Art glass can do this in many ways. It can allow us to experience the exterior and interior in tandem, while various lighting conditions can change the perceived experience of the glass and its reflection on the space around us, and it’s a material that gives a look of luxury with its glimmering surfaces and depth that no other material can offer.
The possibilities with art glass are endless. Enhance a storefront window, create a curtain wall for your business or loft, add vibrancy to your residential windows, or simply make a statement with the boldness of a fine art piece.
Aside from all the creative reasons to utilize art glass in your project, there are practical reasons, too. Utilizing art glass is an easy-to-maintain option to enhance your space. Art glass is a strong, safe and energy-efficient way to personalize your space and create a sense of identity and style.
- Art glass provides a sense of place that is unique.
- For a business or institution, art glass conveys a permanent grounded and established expressive presence rather than a temporary fleeting existence.
- Art glass can be a beacon or landmark identity.
- Along with being non-toxic like all glass, art glass can be specified to contribute to gaining LEED points, including Platinum designation.
- Glass artwork can be designed and specified to meet safety codes.
Nancy Gong is owner and director of Gong Glass Works, an art studio that focuses on the design and fabrication of contemporary architectural art glass. Gong serves on the Board for the American Glass Guild, is AGG’s 2017 Conference and Program Chair, is a member of the Glass Art Society and Stained Glass Association of America, and an Allied Member of the American Institute of Architects Rochester. She can be reached at Nancy@nancygong.com.
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