We’ve all heard stories of glass castles, but have we ever seen them for ourselves?
Our new series takes a tour through the world of Australian glass castles to discover the fascinating world of glass.
The glass castle is Australia’s most iconic building and a popular tourist attraction, and we’ve been asked to tell you about some of the most remarkable and spectacular glass castles in the world.
The Glass Castle at Sydney’s Coolangatta Glass Castle, for instance, is the largest glass structure in Australia and the only one in New South Wales.
It’s known as the ‘Queen of Glass’, after the local residents who built it in the late 19th century.
Built on a site that’s now a park, it has a glass facade that resembles a medieval castle with its towers and arches.
It was originally designed to house an art gallery and a dance hall, but was eventually transformed into a tourist attraction in the 1950s, and was turned into a museum in the 1980s.
The Queen of Glass is one of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom’s oldest glass castles.
There are about 200 glass castles built around the world, and the Queen of Steel is one that holds the Guinness World Record for the most castle built in Australia.
In the 1960s, the Great Barrier Reef National Park in Australia had one of the oldest glass-clad structures in the country, with one of its many towers.
In 2017, the park announced plans to install a glass dome on the Great Seal Island.
In 2014, a group of people set up a ‘glass castle’ at the site of a former military base in the remote town of Cairns.
The project, known as ‘Glass Castle Cairn’, has attracted thousands of visitors since its opening.
‘The people who started this project were completely new to the idea of building a castle, and they were just absolutely delighted to be able to do it themselves,’ said Richard Taylor, a project manager for the Cairnes Council of Governments, who has been overseeing the glass installation.
The Cairners’ glass castle was originally built by the Cauvenra family in 1869 and named after their eldest daughter.
‘It was a very popular tourist destination for generations of people, and it became a national treasure,’ Mr Taylor said.
‘We have a large number of other buildings that have glass facades.
This is one we really want to maintain.’
In 2014 the Great Salt Lake City Church was named after a glass castle at the north Queensland city of Cairside.
‘You see the building at Cairncross today is a unique building that has become a national attraction,’ Mr Smith said.
A glass castle in New Zealand was completed in 1998 and has since become the largest such structure in the Pacific Islands.
The original structure was built on a sand dune and was named the ‘Great Salt Lake Castle’.
It’s still a popular destination for tourists today, with many locals taking it upon themselves to build the castle, which is currently being restored to its original glory.
‘I can’t tell you how many people come here to see it,’ Mr Scott said.
“People come to the site and see the castle as a tourist destination, and when they leave they just walk away thinking they’ve got a wonderful experience there.
‘Glass castles are a bit of a controversial subject, because there’s a bit more of a history of people building them and there’s no doubt they’ve done that.
But I think that there’s something really wonderful about this site that makes it stand out from the rest of the world.’
A glass structure is a building built from glass.
It typically features one or more of the following: a central glass dome, which acts as a window and is often a focal point for visitors; a glass wall, which provides a view over the surrounding area and acts as an exit for people to enter the structure; and an arch, which can be a vertical column that can be built into a wall to provide a more elevated entrance or exit from the building.
The dome also acts as the focal point of the building, providing the main focal point.
Visitors to a glass structure may see a glass curtain and be taken aback by the sheer size of it.
But the curtain is often an illusion created by the surrounding sand dunes.
This illusion is often mistaken for the real thing, and visitors to glass structures often think they are standing on a stone, even though the illusion is caused by the walls themselves.
‘Some people have said, ‘What’s that glass thing?’,’ Mr Taylors said.’
They’ve said, “Look, look, it’s a glass thing.”‘
But they’re looking at the dome instead of the curtain.
The curtain is an illusion of the dome, not the dome itself.’
Another common misconception is that glass can block sunlight, which some people believe can cause skin cancer, skin cancer and even melanoma.
‘In some cases people have complained about sunburns,