Glass & Transparency Research Group


The Glass & Transparency Research Group at the TU Delft in the Netherlands focuses on the development of innovative glass solutions for structures, buildings and facades. The research group is based at the Chair of Structures at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and has strong links to the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.


Crystal Houses Facade awarded!
December 2016

The Crystal Houses Facade has been awarded with several prestigious prizes !

TU Delft team: Prof. R. Nijsse, Dr. F. Veer, ir. T. Bristogianni, ir. F. Oikonomopoulou

Mr. Frans Timmermans visits The Green Village
The Green Village invited several young, inspiring and ambitious researchers, working on sustainable innovations, to present their work to Mr. Timmermans First Vice-President of the European Commission. Ate Snijder, researcher at the Glass & Transparency research group, pitched the concept of a glass bridge, entirely made out of cast glass bricks. The circular concept of the bridge is very interesting, because the bridge can be reassembled if needed, since the bricks aren’t held together by cement or glue, but by their geometrical shape itself.  Read more here.

Glass Structures & Engineering Journal
June 2016

The first issue of the Glass Structures & Engineering journal (Springer) is now published. Editors-in-Chief are Prof. Jan Belis (UGent), Dr. Christian Louter (TU Delft), Dr. Jens Henrik Nielsen (DTU), Dr. Mauro Overend (University of Cambridge) and Prof. Jens Schneider (TU Darmstadt). The first issue themed Challenging Glass is guest-edited by Dr. Freek Bos (TU/e). Enjoy free access and read the issue online!

Challenging Glass 5, final program released
May 2016

The final program for the Challenging Glass Conference 5 is now released. The program features 4 keynote presentations, one special project session and more than 80 paper presentation. This international two-day conference focuses on the architectural and structural application of glass and is organized by Christian Louter (TU Delft), Freek Bos (TU/e) and Jan Belis (UGent). More information on the conference is available at the conference website.

Crystal Houses glass facade now revealed
April 2016
The Crystal Houses glass brick facade (MVRDV, Gietermans & Van Dijk) at the P.C. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam is now revealed. The Glass & Transparency Research Group (TU Delft) was involved in the development and testing of the facade and the daily supervision of the construction. The involved TU Delft researchers are Prof. Rob Nijsse, Dr. Fred Veer, ir. Faidra Oikonomopoulou and ir. Telesilla Bristogianni. More project information is available at, or watch the video

Visiting Professor James O'Callaghan
February 2016

During spring semester 2016 James O'Callaghan is Visiting Professor at TU Delft and is hosted by the Glass & Transparency research group. James O’Callaghan co-founded the engineering design practice Eckersley O'Callaghan with Brian Eckersley in 2004 and is widely acknowledged as an authority on structural glass. As Visiting Professor, O’Callaghan will teach several courses, partake in research discussions and speak during public lectures. For more information please contact Dr. Christian Louter, or watch the interview