Translucent, Textured, Tinted: 5 Light-Filled Spaces Using Glass Block
Invented in the early 1900s and originally used in floors and ceilings as skylights, glass block was soon used in other constructions including staircases, interior partitions, windows, and even entire facades (like the seminal Maison de Verre in Paris by Pierre Chareau). Most glass blocks consist of two glass faces with a hollow center, and can use tinted, textured, translucent, or transparent glass. Although the popularity of glass block dropped by the 1970s, the material experienced a renewed interest in the 1990s, and today is again being appreciated for its strength, durability, and adaptability to horizontal, vertical, and even curved surfaces. Here, we take a look at five spaces that apply glass block in a range of ways and forms.