A window can be a void, an aperture, or a glass surface. Existing at the boundary between interior and exterior, windows admit light and air and frame views. The idea of the window, combined with advances in glass as a building material, became central to architectural experimentation during the modern period. This selection from the CCA collection presents a range of modern architectural glass conditions: windows that frame beams of light, long ribbon windows, mechanical windows in glass facades, angular glass panels, transparent glass volumes, and glittering buildings (both imagined and realized) made entirely of glass.
Presented as part of Montréal City of Glass: A Tale of Innovation, an initiative of the Board of Montréal Museum Directors (BMMD). The Starting From… series explores current publications on architecture and highlights materials in the CCA collection.