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Alberto Campo Baeza’s Glass Box of Air

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Only one architect would think to build with air, every architect’s dream.

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Within a stone “box” that is open to the skies of Spain over Zamora, is a confection of glass by the inimitable magician of space and light, Alberto Campo Baeza.

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Set on the site of a former convent, next to the cathedral in Zamora, is a glass box within a secret garden of stone.

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The high wall of stone around the perimeter, and lining the floor of the “box” is the same pinkish stone as was used to build the old Zamora cathedral itself.

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The pink stone walls follow the site boundary to enclose the space, yet simultaneously open it up to the sky.

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The stone box is made ​​from the past – memory.

Within it, the glass box, is made ​​with the future – imagination.

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The glass seems to fuse with heaven, as if the building is concocted of air.

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The unearthly quality of the structure is created by using two layers of glass.

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Of these two glass layers, the outer skin is made of a single piece.

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The glass is connected with only structural silicone, without much else.

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Built for the Castilla León Junta, on Calle Obispo Manso in Zamora…

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…this has to be the most ethereal building in the world.

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One comment so far to “Alberto Campo Baeza’s Glass Box of Air”
  1. Paul Says:

    Damn it all, I'd hate to be inside if a freaking earthquake hit.

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