Integrating glass into structural flooring lends an air of drama and tension to architectural projects. From a young age, our interactions with the material are often fraught with danger. Everyone has broken something made of glass, confronting its physical properties, and hazards, head on. Glass is brittle, and when it shatters, it produces a multitude of sharp tiny pieces that are impossible to clean. Clear and nearly invisible, the shards inflict pain and suffering to various degrees.
It is clarity and invisibility that make glass the perfect material for many situations, especially for uses that are not load bearing, like a window or façade. It gets trickier, though, when it’s incorporated into something you want to walk or stand on. Regardless of its physical limitations, architects love to play with glass in their designs. The 17 architects below chose to use it as flooring.
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