PEOPLE Magazine names "World's Best Glass Attractions"
August 25, 2009
The use of glass in architectural construction can certainly help
create an eye-catching display, and in addition to making a unique
building or structure to view, in some cases the glass can even
be the main feature that brings people in to see it. In fact, this
week People magazine listed its top choices of glass attractions;
those that "offer a transparent thrill."
From the Windy City to the Land Down Under (and a couple of places
in between), check out which projects made the list.
the list was the recently completed Skydeck Ledge in Chicago (CLICK
HERE for related article). The Ledge is a series of glass bays
that extend from the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) 103rd
floor and reach out more than 4 feet from the Skydeck's west side.
MTH Industries installed The Ledge's glass panels. Each glass box
is comprised of three layers of glass laminated into one seamless
unit. The low-iron, clear glass is fully tempered and heat-soaked
for durability. The glass panels weigh 1,500 pounds.
Head a little further West to Tacoma, Wash., and you'll find People's
next glass attraction pick: The Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot-long
pedestrian bridge linking downtown Tacoma to the city's waterfront.
Conceived by glass artist Dale Chihuly, a Tacoma native, the bridge
was designed in collaboration with Arthur Andersson of Andersson·Wise
Architects, and displays color and form 70 feet into the air.
Some of the bridge's features include the Seaform Pavilion, a ceiling
made of 2,364 objects from Chihuly's Seaform and Persian series;
the Crystal Towers, which are made of 63 large crystals; and the
Venetian Wall, an 80-foot installation displaying 109 Chihuly sculptures.
HERE to read more about the bridge).
on the list is the Grand Canyon Experience. The U-shaped Grand Canyon
West Skywalk observation platform features all-glass flooring that's
suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. The two-inch thick
glass decking, approximately 10 feet wide and 70 feet deep, was
made of a multilayer glass construction including three SentryGlas®
Plus structural interlayers and four layers of Saint-Gobain Diamant®
glass. The Las Vegas branch of Giroux Glass served as the contract
HERE to read a related article).
Finally, if you happen to find yourself in Melbourne, Australia,
check out People's fourth pick, The Edge. Located in the observation
tower of the Eureka Skydeck, The Edge projects nearly 10 feet off
the side of the building and more than 900 feet off the ground.
HERE to read more).
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