The Glass Chain

Space Popular's solo exhibition at Sto Werkstatt explores an alternative future for glass in architecture inspired by the legacy of the infamous Glass Chain Letters (1919–1920).

 Location Sto Werkstatt London, United Kingdom
 TypeSolo Exhibition 
 Year June 16, 2017 - December 14, 2017
 SPOPeople Lara Lesmes, Fredrik Hellberg
Curator Amy Croft
 Photography  Ben Blossom

Sto Werkstatt’s brief for this new commission asked 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 this incredible material: glass. Sadly, 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 have worked closely with Sto technical experts to realise a kaleidoscopic glass construction that uses glass to enhance, alter and question human perception of space across physical and virtual realities.
Front view showing all 21 panels in full virtual three dimensions 

Backside of the Glass Chain with alpine motives in the background  

Front side of The Glass Chain with the portal visible. 

Front side of The Glass Chain with seat/terrace 
Documentary production: 2017
Glass Chain ornaments over alpine motifs as printed on curtains in the exhibition. 

Virtual                                             Physical

Stills from virtual model

Seat/terrace design printed on fabric

Invitation card 01

Invitation card 01

Documentary production: 2017