The building of glass in Tokyo
This glass-block building is a shop of Hermes in Ginza, Tokyo and designed by an Italian architect, Renzo Piano in 2001.
Glass blocks prevent the inside from being seen clearly and, at the same time, make known the light and atmosphere of the inside. These are just like Akari-shoji, Japanese thin-paper door.
By the way, La maison de verre in Paris, designed by Pierre Chareau, is the masterpiece of early 20th-century architecture and use many glass block effectively.