June 16 - December 14
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Glass Chain: A Project by Space Popular

Emerging architecture and research practice Space Popular make their UK debut with an installation for Sto Werkstatt’s gallery space. The Glass Chain explores an alternative future for glass in architecture inspired by the legacy of the infamous Glass Chain Letters (1919-1920).

Sto Werkstatt’s brief for this new commission asks Space Popular to work with StoVentec Glass to redefine the limitations of the material and imagine its bright, colourful, and energising possibilities – encouraging us to imagine a new purpose for glass in building design.

The title The Glass Chain is a reference to the infamous exchange of letters by a group of German architects from 1919-1920 initiated by Bruno Taut, fantasising about the myriad of possibilities of glass. The letters explore a vision of glass that was never realised. These early days of modernism took a different turn: glass became a peripheral material of windows and walls with the ability to mediate spatial qualities while remaining invisible; whilst Taut instead believed that all architecture and even furniture could be made of glass and the material itself could have qualities to be mediated.

Following the legacy of the Bauhaus movement, today the use of glass in architecture has become a largely functional element of a building. Almost one hundred years later, Space Popular – inspired by the visions from that time – is taking up the mantle to wrest glass from its modernist confines and set it free to enjoy bold colour, complex forms and new meanings.

The design explores different ranges of scale, playing with our visual perception of glass doorways as grand arches and small steps as giant pediments. Space Popular are working closely with Sto technical experts to realise a kaleidoscopic glass construction that will use glass to enhance, alter and question human perception of space across physical and virtual realities.

Please note: there is no step-free access to the Werkstatt. Please call in advance to discuss any access requirements.





Wed - Fri, 10:00 - 17:00




The Werkstatt


Location: The Werkstatt, London

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