Nov 30, 2009

Glassy Houses

Kengo Kuma - Water/Glass House.
In the WATER/GLASS House, Kengo Kuma tried to frame space with only two horizontal planes - the floor of water and the ceiling louvers- and to generate between the planes a transparent and fluid time-space.

Greenhouse at the Botanical Gardens in Curitiba, Brazil
The principal greenhouse, in an art nouveau style with a modern metallic structure, resembles the mid-19th century Crystal Palace in London.

The Glass House in Toronto
The home has a very contemporary style with a curved zinc and glass outside wall and a unique layout that separates the public areas from the private.

Palacio de Cristal
Built in 1887 by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, it is an imposing glass palace standing in the middle of the Buen Retiro Park in central Madrid. It was initially used to house exotic plants brought over from the Philippines.

Werner Sobek’s R128
The building is completely recyclable, produces no emissions and is self-sufficient in terms of heating energy requirement. The electrical energy required is produced by solar cells.(Image credit Werner Sobek)

The Glass House in S.Africa
Designed by  NICO VAN DER MEULEN ARCHITECTS   More than 70% of the house is from glass.The owner requested a modern, glamorous, open plan, light-filled house with views from all rooms into the garden.

Philip Johnson's  Glass House
Built in 1949, the building is an essay in minimal structure, geometry, proportion, and the effects of transparency and reflection.

The Ring House in Japan
TNA designed rings around the facade so that areas of private space and utilities could be met. The glass between the rings allow you to look straight into the forest, so the whole house appears to dissolve into the forest.

Yume no Shima Tropical Greenhouse Dome
It is a botanical garden located in Tokyo, Japan.

The Glass Home by Carlo Santambrogio and Ennio Arosio is a house concept that as depicted by its name integrates a line of furniture, counting beds, sofas and bookcases, together with architectural elements, including staircases and kitchens, made entirely in glass, allowing a trendy lifestyle to the residents.

The Glass House
Photography by Lachlan McDonald

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