Restorative glass: reversible, discreet restoration using structural glass components

  • Faidra Oikonomopoulou Delft University of Technology
  • Telesilla Bristogianni Delft University of Technology
  • Lida Barou Delft University of Technology
  • Rob van Hees Delft University of Technology
  • Rob Nijsse Delft University of Technology
  • Fred Veer Delft University of Technology
  • Henk Schellen Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Jos van Schijndel Eindhoven University of Technology


The application of structural glass as the principal material in restoration and conservation practices is a distinguishable, yet discreet approach. The transparency of glass allows the simultaneous perception of the monument at both its original and present condition, preserving its historical and aesthetical integrity. Concurrently, the material’s unique mechanical properties enable the structural consolidation of the monument. As a proof of concept, the restoration of Lichtenberg Castle is proposed. Solid cast glass units are suggested to complete the missing parts, in respect to the existing construction technique and aesthetics of the original masonry. Aiming for a reversible system, the glass units are interlocking, ensuring the overall stability without necessitating permanent, adhesive connections. This results in an elegant and reversible intervention.

How to Cite
OIKONOMOPOULOU, Faidra et al. Restorative glass: reversible, discreet restoration using structural glass components. SPOOL, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, p. 39-43, dec. 2017. ISSN 2215-0900. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 mar. 2019. doi: