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Glass blocks are cool, reclaimed ones are cooler

Posted on | By Thornton Kay
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Paris (75), France - Master of industrial design, Pierre Chareau (1885 - 1950), built his seminal Maison de Verre house in Paris for Annie and Jean Dalsace in 1930 using glass blocks invented primarily for use in industrial buildings. Chareau, who never trained as an architect, worked on Maison de Verre with Dutch architect Bernard Bijvoet and ironsmith Louis Dalbet.

The latest <i>Architectural Digest</i> picks up the glass brick theme: When you hear the phrase glass block, the mind immediately wanders to neon-accented icy interiors of the 80s but to an architecture enthusiast they summon chic and iconic designs.

With glass being the highest embodied energy material used in construction, what is cooler than a glass block? Answer: reusing an old reclaimed glass brick or block. And there are plenty in salvage yards around the world.

Go ultracool with reclaimed glass blocks

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