CalSTRS Headquarters - CODAworx

CalSTRS Headquarters

Client: California State Teachers' Retirement System

Location: West Sacramento, CA, United States

Completion date: 2009

Project Team


Paul Housberg


Derix Glasstudios


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.