Volume 40,   Issue 6                             June  2005

Industry Ironies

Editor’s Note: Industry Ironies takes a look at some not-so-serious glass-related news items of a questionable hard news value.  Have you heard an interesting or humorous glass story? If so e-mail it to us at echilcoat@glass.com

Green Thumb, Glass Thumb
According to an article on www.fortwayne.com, a Fort Wayne, Ind., newspaper, Eve Thyrum in Wilmington, Del., has always loved gardening, and dreamed of living in a glass house. She thought it would be great to have plants growing indoors all year long. Over the past few years she and her husband, Per, have been reconstructing their home, one room at a time, in an effort to create a completely glass house. In the article Eve Thyrum said she had always wanted a home with an attached greenhouse—one she could live in; the addition of a conservatory gives her that.

They have also added a two-story glass wall in the kitchen, a glass-enclosed fireplace and a glass roof.

Per Thyrum designed the home’s glass wing, which includes the conservatory, library and greenhouse, as well as the kitchen. Architects have since been hired to handle future renovations.

A Shiny Situation
Though the doors of architect Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles have been open for about two years, the building is already expected to undergo renovations. Construction crews will be sandblasting the shiny, mirror-like structure due to complaints from occupants of neighboring buildings about the glare and temperature increases, reported Engineering News Record (ENR).

The sandblasting project, which was approved by county board supervisors, will cost $90,000 and is expected to correct the glare from about 2 percent of the building’s stainless steel cladding, ENR reported. 

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