Category Archives: Architecture

Dramatically curved glass building generates hazardous light reflection

An architectural rendering of 20 Fenchurch street at dusk, with the computer-generated glare of the setting sun. Image appears on the Rafael Viñoly Architects Website.

An architectural rendering of 20 Fenchurch street at dusk, with the computer-generated glare of the setting sun. Image appears on the Rafael Viñoly Architects Website.

A pioneering use of curved glass in the building at 20 Fenchurch Street in London has broken new ground in engineering. The strikingly bold design, which the popular press has dubbed “the Walkie-Talkie” building, has also raised unanticipated problems for Rafael Viñoly Architects. The voluptuous curve of the building facade focuses the lights rays at certain times of the day, creating a high-temperature beam of light that has damaged a parked car. The London Evening Standard recently reported on the hotspot created on Eastcheap Street by the building, which has already been blamed for melting parts of a parked Jaguar, including the wing mirror and Jaguar emblem. Reuters reported that some business owners near the building have experienced sun damage and carpet burns in front of their stores, and a TV crew even fried an egg in the hot spot, which has registered 161 degrees Farenheit. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Architecture, News

Paul Housberg references water in new architectural glass installation

Housberg_SRH_2At Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA, architectural glass artist Paul Housberg has recently installed a new glass wall that visually connects the two stories of the facility’s main lobby and mezzanine. The piece, entitled Water Walk, creates a heightened sense of depth in a cramped corner, and seeks to evoke the peaceful movement of water, inspired by the  hospital’s location on the Charlestown waterfront. The hospital hosts therapeutic aquatic activities for patients, such as water sports like canoeing, water-skiing, rowing, kayaking, sailing, paddle boating, and windsurfing. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Architecture, New Work, News, Public Art

Rare Frank Lloyd Wright glass window to be auctioned

One of the original glass skylight windows of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House is being auctioned on August 3rd after being stored away by a private owner for nearly half of a century. courtesy: schultz auctioneers.
One of the original glass skylight windows of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House is being auctioned on August 3rd after being stored away by a private owner for half a century. courtesy: schultz auctioneers.

On Saturday, August 3rd, a glass skylight window designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright will be sold by Schultz Auctioneers in Clarence, New York. The window, which has a pre-auction estimate of $50,000 to $100,000, originates from the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, one Wright’s best known examples of his the Prairie Style. Two Martin House windows have sold at Christie’s for $62,500 and $104,500 each in 2011. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Architecture, Art Market, Auction, News

Dramatic changes in the final exterior design for the new contemporary wing of The Corning Museum

FinalDesign1

The final design for the exterior of new contemporary-art wing of The Corning Museum of Glass. courtesy: the corning museum of glass

One year ago, the initial design for the new North Wing of The Corning Museum of Glass was unveiled at a press conference at the offices of the architect, Thomas Phifer and Partners. The proposed design for the exterior mixed reflective panels that bounced the image of surrounding greenery with sharp vertical blades that referenced the glass art of Josepha Gasch-Muche among others. One year later, the design has been finalized, and there’s been a striking shift away from the edgy initial proposal, to an almost-opaque glass box that offers soft reflections of the trees and a hovering glow at dusk.
Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Architecture, Exhibition, Museums, News

Cultural foundation in Venice expanding to include exhibition and research center on glass art and design

Aerial view of “Rooms for Glass” in Venice, Italy courtesy: selldorf architects

The Cini Foundation, long established as a privately-funded nonprofit research center in Venice for scholarship in art, history, and music, is expanding its purview to include Venetian glassmaking. The organization embarked on a cultural project in collaboration with Swiss-based foundation Pentagram Stiftung to promote 20th-century Venetian glass. The foundation recruited New York-based firm Selldorf Architects to refurbish the wing of a former boarding school on the CF’s San Giorgio Maggiore island headquarters, which will be home to the foundation’s new glass-only exhibition space, Le Stanze del Vetro (In English:  “Rooms for Glass”). This new wing will house year-long exhibits with a focus on quality pieces that highlight significant moments in the history of Venetian glass art, and will be opening its first-ever exhibit “Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932 – 1947” at the end of August. Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under Architecture, Art Market, Exhibition, Museums, Opening

Thierry Boissel having a big year with major exhibition and book

Cover of Thierry Boissel’s new book, “GLAS – LICHT – ARCHITEKTUR.” courtesy of: arnoldsche art publishers

It’s been a busy year for the French architectural glass artist Thierry Boissel, who is also the head of research and experimental workshops for glass painting, mosaic, and light at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Alongside his inclusion in a major exhibition at the International Centre of Stained Glass in Chartes, France, he is also the subject of a hefty art book released this year that catalogs works spanning his entire artistic career. Published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, the 184-page hardcover book features 120 illustrations along with essays by Carlo Baumschlager, August Heuser, Ulrike HoppeOehl, Christine Jung, Florian Matzner, Sara Sepehri Shakib and Jerry Zeniuk. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Architecture, Book Report, Exhibition, New Work, News

Corning Museum of Glass unveils design of North Wing expansion project

The North Wing facade. courtesy: thomas phifer and partners

The Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion, designed by the firm SANAA which won the Pritzker Prize in part for its ethereal glass building, was an inspiration for the architect of the new gallery building planned for the The Corning Museum of Glass, but with a twist. While both buildings will employ natural light for illumination of sculpture in glass, it will not flood in from floor-to-ceiling glass walls in Corning, New York, as it does in Toledo, Ohio, but rather through the roof. In an effort to avoid silhouetting work, or backlighting it through walls of glass, the architect of the Corning expansion is using a massive skylight and bouncing the light down 20-foot curved concrete walls with a white finish, in an effort to illuminate and animate the work on display. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Architecture, Design, Museums, News