There is something mystical and mysterious in glass houses. The notion “glass house” surely doesn’t mean that everything inside is made of glass. French windows will change any traditional house for the better. We are offering a review of wonderful houses all over the world, which will amaze everyone with its plenty of glass and light.
Haus D10 (Germany)
Stuttgart studio Werner Sobek Design brought into life the project Haus D10 , located in the southern German town Biberach an der Riss. The glass house looks very natural and real. Open kitchen and hall zones allow their guests to admire the amazing garden view.
Covered by a large flat roof, the courtyard surrounds the house and combines inner and outer spaces. The ground floor is raised above the lawn and the basement is hidden beneath. The ground floor includes a living room; other rooms are in the basement. The necessary energy is generated by photovoltaic panels, located on the roof, and a geothermal heat pump.
Glass Pavilion (Italy)
A glass house of a unique shape was built in Italy. The most interesting thing about it, that you should not think about wall decoration. Situated on a hill near Lake Lugano, the house consists of 2 spaces, organized on different levels according to the peculiar landscape. Polygonal pavilion comprises dining and living rooms, kitchen and maintenance rooms; the lower level includes bedrooms, bathrooms and garage. Each level has its own entrance. Architects paid great attention to the environment problems, that is why they equipped the house with a geothermal heat pump, roof garden and rainwater-harvesting system.
All additional functions of the pavilion are located in the central lacquer wood unit which serves as a wall to divide the kitchen and the living room. The unit comprises a bathroom, kitchen, staircase, mechanical, technological and audio visual equipment.
The Overlapping House (Singapore)
The overlapping house by Chinese architects Neri and Hu consists of two L-shaped halves with a courtyard in the middle. The architects took traditional type of houses of the northern China as an example. Three storeys of the house accommodate three families and one floor is concealed under the ground.
The Glass House (Connecticut)
The glass house is located in a wonderful place, where it is hidden from the passers-by behind the tree wall. Project authors incarnated the main architectural approach “Less is more”. They used minimum building materials. Architects took the conception of the Farnsworth house by Mies van der Rohe as an example. The difference lies in the symmetry and foundation.
The whole space of the house is surrounded by glass; the structure is cube-shaped and is limited by the metal black-painted frame. You may feel yourself underneath the roof but outside the house.
H House (The Netherlands)
An original glass house has an interesting shape and light blue walls. It has glass walls and ceiling, which permit the light to get through. It was built by the specialists of Wiel Arets Architects from Maastricht.
The glass house in California can boast not only the beauty but its sizes. Architect Jonathan Segal Lemperle Residence built this house on a plot near the ocean in La Jolla. The authors managed to combine the inner and outer spaces thanks to the massive use of glass and terrace building. The floor area is 445 m2.
The Glass House in Texas
The interesting form of this glass house looks quite futuristic. The house is concealed 2 meters underneath the ground; the roof is isolated and covered with grass. This marvelous house was created by architects from Bercy Chen Studio, who decided to modernize the traditional living conditions of northern Americans – a hole in the ground with the roof. It may look like primitive lodging, but it is equipped with modern technologies: built-in heating system HVAC, ventilation and conditioning, water heating.
The Glass Window House (Denmark)
In the autonomous commune Christiania near Copenhagen there is a strange house. Its walls are built from the old windows and the whole house is made from recycled materials. It is an inventive, unique and functional house. Military barracks stood here long ago. When soldiers left, homeless people relocated here and put their creativity into action. Local government tried to demolish all these buildings several times, but residents announced that they are an integral part of the Danish cultural heritage.
Beach Glass House on Long Island
The house is situated in an urban district of Long Island (New York). Its floor area is 510 m2 and includes 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms with sand dune view surrounding the Atlantic Ocean. To have splendid view from all the windows, it was decided to raise this house above the ground. There are 4 parking places and glass entrance hall underneath. From here the glass stairs will lead you into one of two floors.
The Glass House in Tokio (Japan)