Glass is the most recent primary building material for architects of our time. Its triumph only began in 1851 with the opening of London’s Crystal Palace, but until today, glass is a building material with continuing potential for innovation.

Glass protects us from sunshine, warmth, noise and radiation. It can be self-cleaning, energy storing, regulating and supporting – meanwhile, glass is a collective terms for a large number of products with the most diverse areas of use. Moreover, glass stimulates its viewers on other levels as well, since it stands for perspicuity, freedom and the desire for transparent democracy.

But glass can do more than encase and illuminate, it can also expressively put on display and so accompanies light on its way in both directions. In that case, it is proved again every time what phenomenal qualities glass contributes as an architectural building block.

Dealing with the substance of glass in architecture succeeds even better, the more planning discipline there is behind it. Here, it is of decisive importance to strive for a successful geometric order. The intensive crafting of individual elements of glass architecture is just as important in terms of appearance, size and number. If this succeeds, then the high structural and design potential of this element can unfold.

If glass is only placed under pressure, it can support incalculable weights as a load-bearing component and enables transparent constructions to be created with filigree styling and visual flow of strength.

Glass offers design options primarily by the various styles of treating its surface. Layering, printing, colouring, marking and etching create in isolation or in combinations a wide range of the most diverse appearances, which allow the designer a free hand in the process of applying his ideas. The optical appearance is always defined by the transmission of light, with transparency and translucency being capable of precise control. Independently of how it is used, glass retains its historic advantages: it is light and frost-proof and produced in large quantities on an industrial scale. Additionally, glass is politically correct”, as a high proportion of used glass is required for glass production, the recycling potential is therefore inherent to this substance as with no other material.

Go Glass Design are an independent family owned and run business established in 1978. Specialising in architectural and decorative glass, they manufacture in house a range of products including glass doors, glass showers, balconies and balustrades and etched and sandblasted glass. Go Glass – Manufacturers of Glass and Mirrors in the UK

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