Amazing architectural transparency! Dezeen featured two different projects using glass bricks. First the Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura. Located on a busy street the house encompasses a private courtyard. The highly transparent bricks made with borosilicate, a raw material for optical glass, let in light while keeping city sounds out. Second is the Chanel boutique in Amsterdam by MVRDV. The design used glass bricks in the traditional style to add transparency to the facade. The bricks were made in Venice and bonded with super glue from Germany. Fantastic achievements!