In addition to the aesthetic versatility of Glass Block, there are also the advantages of energy efficiency and weather resistance.
The Contemporist article on Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP describes a project that made use all of these qualities.
“This house is sited among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima, overlooking a street with many passing cars and trams. To obtain privacy and tranquility in these surroundings, we placed a garden and optical glass façade on the street side of the house.”
The façade has some 6,000 pure-glass blocks weighing around 13 tons.
As a proven, natural material, glass block can add beauty and inspiration to a project while playing a significant role in sustainable design. Glass block, made largely from sand and limestone, is 100 percent recyclable, inert, low maintenance, and highly durable. Yet its dynamic relationship with light gives architects the opportunity to create both aesthetically pleasing and energy-efficient spaces. Glass Block meets Daylighting requirements and can add to LEED ratings.
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