Idea Book: Takeover in Glass

Finding more applications for glass in and out of the building
Katy Devlin
February 27, 2017

Throughout the last decade, the industry has made great strides to show that glass can be so much more than a window. Recent advancements of glass products and technologies have opened the door for glass in applications that were traditionally reserved for other building materials. As a result, glass is now commonly seen in applications such as floors, stairs, walls and counters. Additionally, advancements in decorative technologies allow fabricators to produce glasses that capture the look of other building materials, such as stone or wood.

“Glass can replace lots of surfaces—marble, stone. It’s an opportunity for designers. We are developing our products to replicate more surfaces to use glass instead,” says Shirley Segev, corporate marketing manager for Dip-Tech.

The Idea Book on the following pages offers a glimpse at ways in which designers and owners are opting for glass—particularly decorative glass—in lieu of other, more traditional building products. To submit projects for the online version of this Idea Book, visit the submission page.

Walls & Cladding

Private residence in Italy, designed by Muna Architecten. Stoneglass exterior glass panel cladding from Pulp Studio.

The Glass Farm in Schijndel, The Netherlands. Digitally printed insulating glass from AGC Mirodan,, using printing technology from Dip-Tech. Photos by Persbureau van Eijndhoven, Jeroen Musch, MVRDV.

The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children's Minnesota in Coon Rapids. Architectural glass partitions of ½-inch thick low-iron, tempered Mirage texture kiln-formed glass, supplied by Nathan Allan Glass Studios Inc. installed by WL Hall Building Specialties.

H&M flagship store, Toronto. Illuminated façade panels of acid-etched glass—insulating glass of two lites of 8-millimeter Starphire opaque glass from Vitro with Walker Textures etching, from Walker Glass, fabricated by Prelco.

He Homme retailer in Shen Zhen, China. Marble pattern digitally printed 8-millimeter, low-iron glass, fabricated by POBO Glass, using printing technology from Dip-Tech. Photo by Kingson Leung.

Piazza Affari Building, Milan. Acid-etched colored glass walls, in DecorFlou Gold Design Structure, supplied by OmniDecor, installed by Vetreria Carlo Rossi. Photo by Saverio Lombardi Vallauri.

333 George Street, Sydney, Australia. Illuminated Conturax and Duran glass tubes from Schott.

OneSource Virtual elevator lobby, Dallas. Wall cladding of ¼-inch Starphire glass, backpainted white using Colorbak process, fabricated by M3 Glass Technologies, installed by Denison Glass & Mirror Inc.

Kitchen + Bath Glass

The Langham, Chicago. Reveal switchable glass, supplied by Guardian Glass.

Private residence, Grapevine, Texas. MPrint and Colorbak decorative shower panel of 6-millimeter, tempered Starphire glass, digitally printed on the No. 1 surface and backpainted with a pearlescent white, fabricated by M3 Glass Technologies.

Shangay table for furniture manufacturer Riflessi of Italy. Table top featuring DecorFlou Design glass with Nantahala pattern, supplied by OmniDecor.

Envoy Hotel, Boston. Shower enclosures, sliding doors and fixed walls of digitally printed glass fabricated by GGI, with systems and installation by Oasis Shower Doors.

Private apartment, Lugano, Switzerland. Kitchen and bath with DecorOpal Antarctic colored glass for the backsplash, and a range of acid-etched glass products for the wall cladding, doors and partitions, including DecorFlou Design Fuzzy, DecorFlou Design Structure, supplied by OmniDecor, installed by Givrem. Photo by Saverio Lombardi Vallauri.

Private residence, Southern California. ThickGlass counter top and back-painted glass backsplash, supplied by Jockimo Inc.

Stairs + Rails, Ceilings + Floors

Private residence in Williamsburg, Virginia. About 800 square feet of glass flooring, made of 5-foot by 6-foot, ½-inch thick low-iron tempered safety glass with a light Sandstone texture on one surface and a glowing White Metallic finish on the other, Perimeter Edge glass panels on the walls, and 1 ½-inch thick Heavy Glasstop counters with Rocky Mountain texture, supplied by Nathan Allan Glass Studios, installed by Pompei Inc. Photo by Morgan Howarth.

Bill & Melinda Gates Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. GlassEtch glass flooring, supplied by Jockimo Inc.. Photo by Jack Millspaugh.

Private residence, Houston. Glass floor of laminated glass consisting of 3/8-inch Starphire tempered, .060 PVB interlayer and ½-inch Starphire tempered, fabricated by M3 Glass Technologies, with flooring system by IBP GlassWalk. Photo by Hester + Hardaway Photographers.

John Dory Restaurant, New York City. Forty feet of back-lit glass ceiling panels, made of Lamberts mouth-blown glass from Bendheim, from artist Michael Davis and fabricators Michael Davis and Jennifer Liseo. Photo by Jennifer Liseo.

Westfield Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport. Glass rails and backlit glass stairs of ½-inch low-iron glass tempered with sandblast and sealer on the No. 2 surface, supplied by GlasPro, installed by Giroux Glass, with stair channel and railing systems from C.R. Laurence Co.

Private residence, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Stair treads leading to rooftop deck, made of GlassGrit Crystal Clear stair treads from Jockimo Inc. Photo by Warren J. Tabolt.

Mayo Clinic Square, Minneapolis. Clear tempered glass in the ArchitectuRail Dot Series railing system from SC Railing, installed by InterClad.

Artwork + Signage

Andante art installation, Tampa Riverwalk in Tampa, Florida. Twenty-eight pieces of ¾-inch laminated, tempered, low-iron glass printed with Alice direct-to-glass printing technology, fabricated by GGI, with art by Heidi Lippman and installation by Sunpane Architectural Metals. Photo by David Hellane.

St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center Chapel Meridian, Idaho. Low-iron and digitally printed glass exterior walls fabricated by Hartung Glass Industries, and Pressed Glass interior walls from 3Form, installed by Custom Glass Inc. Photo courtesy of St. Luke’s.

Strasbourg Cathedral, Strasbourg, France. A 26-foot-tall digitally printed photomontage composed of 40 digitally printed glass panes, designed by artist Véronique Ellena with master glassmaker Pierre Alain Parot, supplied by Saint-Gobain, printed with Dip-Tech technology.

University of Kansas History of Basketball mural, Lawrence, Kansas. A 66-foot 1-inch long mural and guardrail of thirteen panes of 12-foot 4-inch tall 10-millimeter thick Pilkington, Optiwhite digitally-printed glass with interlayers from Kuraray Trosifol, fabricated by AGNORA, and installed by Kennedy Glass.

9/11 Memorial, Cos Cob Park, Greenwich, Connecticut. Two 12-foot by 2-foot towers of ceramic fritted and tempered 12-millimeter Starphire Glass, fabricated by Garibaldi Glass.

Desert Botanical Garden wall, Phoenix. Small kiln-fired glass panels with durable cold-applied paints, custom etched names, and custom spherical shape cuts placed into a large metal frame, manufactured by Meltdown Glass Art & Design LLC. Photo by Sarah Sudduth.

Crescent Hotel signage, Dallas. Two lites of 12-millimeter thick laminated Starphire MPrint digital ceramic frit with SentryGlas interlayer, fabricated by M3 Glass Technologies, installed by Southern Glass.

Katy Devlin is editor for Glass Magazine. E-mail Katy at