Glass protects from sunshine, warmth, noise and radiation. It can be self-cleaning, energy storing, regulating and supporting. Glass can do more than encase and illuminate, it can expressively put on display and so accompanies light on its way in both directions. It is provided every time again, what phenomenal qualitites glass contributes as an architectural building block. Glass primarily offers design options by the various styles of treating its surface. Layering, printing, colouring, marking and etching create in isolation or in combination a wide range of the most diverse appearances, which allow the designer a free hand in the process of applying his ideas. This book introduces notable objects from the areas of private living, public and sacred buildings. With numerous illustrations, portraits are presented of hotels, restaurants and bars, togehter with concincingly designed projects of renowned architects.