Most Impressive Examples Of Renovation With Glass On Buildings

Here is a list of some of the most impressive examples of renovation with glass on buildings around the world

Hearst Tower

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The Union of Romanian Architects

Located in heart of the Romanian capital city, the Union of Romanian Architects building was originally built in the late 19th century in the French Renaissance architectural style. When it was agreed the building was to be renovated, the architects were required to build on top of the original structure, since it was a historical landmark. The end result shows how much architecture has changed over the centuries, both in style and in preferred materials.

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Xiangyuxiangyuan Home Stay in China

Xiangyuxiangyuan Home Stay by The Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy of Art

This project is located in the Huolongguo (pitaya) Village of the Xiang’an District in Xiamen, and is made up of 3 ancestral houses of different times and 2 new buildings. Both exterior and interior renovations are needed for the ancestral houses, which were built at different times during the period from the 30’s to the 70’s of the last century, and the new buildings need interior design.

Canadian Museum of Nature

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Image Credit: Martin Lipman © Canadian Museum of Nature / Musée canadien de la nature

BOBO Residential Project, Beirut

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Image Credit: SOMA Architects

Nippon Fire & Marine Insurance Yokohama Building

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Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, NY

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Congress Square, Boston

As one of the first adaptive reuse projects in Boston to add a substantial vertical addition without resorting to a “façade-ectomy,” the 530,000 square-foot Congress Square reused an immense amount of embodied carbon by extending the life of the existing structure of these buildings. Initially constructed in the early 20th century as three separate bank buildings, Arrowstreet’s design strategically reconnects the current and adds a seven-story addition, designed to float above the historic architecture perceptually.

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Image Credit: Arrowstreet

Loo Windmill

The Loo Windmill dates back to 18th century. It had been abandoned for decades, standing in the middle of a field, its walls partly caved in.

Old walls were kept as authentic as possible; inside the mill, a new wooden loadbearing glazed structure was erected that now lies over the existing walls. Limestone walls form a coat for the modern interior room.

The mill has four levels, with the height of the ceilings matching that of the old structure.

Loo Windmill

The Carreau du Temple, France

Image Credit: Fernando Javier Urquijo

The Fahle House

The Fahle House
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CSAV Headquarters on Sotomayor Square in Valparaíso, Chile

The Ionic columns and fluted pilasters of this classic façade compliment the architecture surrounding Sotomayor Square. Attached to it, however, is a modern high-rise with blue glass cladding. Both are part of the CSAV headquarters. Since Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores was founded in 1872, it has become one of the world’s largest shipping and freight transportation companies. In 2014 it merged with Hapag-Lloyd in Germany.

CSAV Headquarters
Image Credit: Humero Simpson

Music School Louviers

Music School Louviers
Image Credit: Luc Boegly


The Haas House is a building in Vienna at the Stock-im-Eisen-Platz. Designed by the Austrian architect Hans Hollein, it is a building in the postmodernist style and was completed in 1990. The use of the Haas-Haus is divided between retail and a restaurant.


D House- Urban Sandwich

D House- Urban Sandwich
Image Credit: Zalewski Architecture Group

Antwerp Port House

The Port Authority Building, or Antwerp Port House, is a government building located in Antwerp, Belgium, built between 2009 and 2016. It is located near the area of Eilandje, in the Port of Antwerp, and acts as the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority, housing various departments.

Image Credit: Walter Vermeylen

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Royal Ontario Museum

Image Credit: Alex Fradkin

Convent de Sant Francesc

Image Credit: Jordi Surroca