Manhattan-based Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects is adept at creating light-filled, open-feeling spaces in urban enviroments, partly through the use of glass in unexpected applications. "Glass is a powerful way to open up tight spaces," the architects say. "Because of its qualities of transparency, translucency, and reflection, glass immediately brings a sense of depth to a space. The play of light on glass adds to a feeling of expansiveness." Here are a few projects showcasing how the architects use glass in various applications; see more of the firm's work at Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects.
Above: A wall of glass in a Manhattan townhouse maximizes sunlight.
Above: A light-flooded top floor space in a Manhattan townhouse.
Above: Backpainted glass walls reflect abundant natural light.
Above: A glass and bronze guardrail system enclosed with translucent panels.
Above: A window box application creates a light-filled partition between a bedroom and bathroom in a Manhattan loft.
Above: A loft bathroom with custom-fitted backpainted glass wall surfaces in lieu of tile.