Glass staircase wall

A single pane of glass slots through the centre of the stairwell

A key pioneer of the structural use of glass is structural engineer Tim Macfarlane who, in response to architect Rick Mather’s demands for a minimal structure on a conservatory in Hampstead in 1992, developed the first use of structural glass beams by laminating together three sheets of float glass.

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