CalSTRS Headquarters

Submitted by Paul Housberg


Client: California State Teachers' Retirement System

Completion date: 2009

Project Team


Paul Housberg


Barbara Derix

Derix Glasstudios


Dimitri Avdienko

HOK San Francisco


An art glass installation consisting of mouth-blown sheet glass with applied vitreous paints and laminated to mirror. Wrapping around four walls, the work features 2,600 tiles. Dimensions: 10′h x 160′w.


HOK Architects asked Paul Housberg to design a cornerstone piece that
reflects the natural environment of the new CalSTRS (California State
Teachers’ Retirement System) Headquarters in West Sacramento, CA. The building is located at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers.


Paul collaborated with Derix Glasstudios to erect a "box of water"
made entirely of hand painted, mouth-blown glass tiles. These tiles, which
wrap around four walls, reflect ambient light and movement, just as the
surfaces of the nearby rivers do.