10 Amazing Glass Buildings Around The World

Waquar Habib

The Louvre Pyramid (Paris, France)

The Louvre Pyramid is an iconic glass structure that serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. This modernist pyramid, made up of 673 glass panes, symbolises transparency and accessibility.

A view of the Louvre Pyramid, designed by I. M. Pei | Shutterstock

30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin, London, UK)

Norman Foster's 30 St Mary Axe is a glass skyscraper in London's financial district. Completed in 2003, its spiralling design maximises natural light and ventilation. At 180 metres tall, its energy efficiency and unique shape make it a modern marvel.

The Gherkin in the skyline of London | Shutterstock

Apple Park (Cupertino, USA)

Apple Park is a massive ring-shaped building clad in curved glass panels. Spanning 2.8 million square feet, the headquarters embodies Apple's design ethos of simplicity and elegance, featuring transparency, connection with nature, and sustainability.

A glimpse of the Foster + Partners desgined Apple Park | Shutterstock

National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing, China)

The National Centre for the Performing Arts was designed by French architect Paul Andreu and opened in 2007. An artificial lake surrounds this titanium and glass ellipsoid structure, housing three performance halls.

A view of The Giant Egg, Beijing | Shutterstock

Basque Health Department Headquarters (Bilbao, Spain)

Built in 2008, this building features a fragmented glass facade that dynamically reflects light. Its angular design and transparent exterior symbolise the transparency and accessibility of public health services.

Characteristic glass facade of Basque Health Department Headquarters | Shutterstock

The Crystal (London, UK)

The Crystal opened in 2012 and is one of the world's most sustainable buildings. Situated in London's Royal Victoria Dock, it features interactive exhibits on green technologies and is a global exemplar of eco-friendly design.

The Crystal, owned and operated by Siemens, Royal Victoria Dock, East London, England, United Kingdom | Shutterstock

Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, USA)

The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston features a striking cantilevered glass structure overlooking the waterfront. It is celebrated for its innovative architecture and role in revitalising the Seaport District.

A look at the Institute of Contemporary Art | Shutterstock

Kunsthaus Graz (Graz, Austria)

The Kunsthaus Graz is a biomorphic glass structure designed by architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier. Opened in 2003, it serves as a contemporary art museum, blending avant-garde architecture with Graz's historic cityscape.

A close-up of Kunsthaus Graz | Shutterstock

Seattle Central Library (Seattle, USA)

The Seattle Central Library is known for its modern design, featuring expansive windows and a unique, slanted structure that maximisess natural light. The library emphasises accessibility, sustainability, and community engagement.

A close-up of Seattle Central Library | Shutterstock

The Shard (London, UK)

The Shard, designed by Renzo Piano and completed in 2012, is a 310-metre-tall glass skyscraper dominating London's skyline. It houses offices, restaurants, a hotel, and an observation deck offering panoramic city views.

The Shard standing tall in the London skyline | Shutterstock

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