Exploring the Boundaries of Glass Building Materials

Learn how these projects push the edge on glass and glazing design.
Sponsored by National Glass Association

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the primary technical feat of the Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet project.
  2. List the techniques implemented for the Ochoquebradas House to achieve the feeling of floating.
  3. Discuss the dual focus of the Pirque Greenhouse project.
  4. Explain the intention behind the use of operable glazed partitions in the Oscar Niemeyer Pavilion.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

This course is part of the Glass and Glazing Design Academy

Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

From university research projects to cutting-edge real-world implementations, this course explores the use of glass as a building material and presents varying perspectives on the use of glass in residential, as well as commercial, projects.

Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Offers a Fresh Take on the Fan Experience
This extensive renovation included bringing the 26-year-old venue to state-of-the-art standards as well as adding a glazed lobby.
Linda C. Lentz

Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet by Bjarke Ingels Group
Precision watchmaking concepts are the source of the primary technical feat of this project: the heavy roof stands on structural glass.
Andrew Ayers

Ochoquebradas House by Ryue Nishizawa
The goal of this house, that sits along an 875-yard stretch of coastline in Ochoquebradas, Chile, was to make a house with a strong nature.
Beth Broome

Pirque Greenhouse by Max Núñez Arquitectos
Each side of this small, square greenhouse measures about 40 feet, with expansive glazing and operable windows on every facade.
Miriam Sitz

EAST Architecture Studio Renovates an Oscar Niemeyer Pavilion in Lebanon
Operable glazed partitions promote transparency and flexibility while separating the interior functions of these abandoned and now revamped fair pavilions.
Alex Klimoski

A Second Look at Edith Farnsworth and Her Mies van der Rohe–Designed Retreat
The next iteration of this classic returns to the crystalline austerity of this glass, steel, and travertine, one-room weekend house
Zach Mortice

The Momentary by Wheeler Kearns Architects
Four glass-and-steel interventions anchor the conversion of a Kraft cheese plant in Bentonville, Arkansas, a dynamic satellite for another local museum.
Linda C. Lentz


Photo ©Audemars Piguet

Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet


National Glass Association The National Glass Association (NGA) is the largest trade association serving the architectural glass and metals industry. A technical and educational resource, NGA envisions a future in which glass is the material of choice to enhance spaces where people live, play, learn, and work.


Originally published in September 2020