Situated on a hill overlooking Atami, Japan, the most striking feature of the villa is the oval glass dinning room which sits like an island in the middle of a pool on o huge granite block cantilevered out over the hill. The oval dinning room is connected to the rest of the house by a glass corridor. By Kengo Kuma
House in Crystal Bay, Nevada
The home offers beautiful views of the mountains and Lake Tahoe, and each of the four bedrooms has the sunrise as an alarm clock. This architectural gem even has a glass elevator in the middle.
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.
Glass House Series by Santambrogiomilano
The transparent housing concepts are designed to be built almost anywhere around the world and allow the inhabitant to be completely immersed in nature. The ‘snow house,’ as the name implies, would be located in colder climates and is constructed of thicker panes capable of withstanding larger loads, namely from the snow, and will help insulate the interior. With the touch of a button, the special glass panels instantly turn matte for privacy, and sliding curtains make it possible to further close off specific rooms. The ‘cliff house’ on the other hand contains thinner lighter glass elements as there are no external forces acting upon the structure. Elevated over a thin bed of water, the dwelling lets the owner feel as though floating above the ocean seen in the horizon.
Transparent Floating Vacation Home
Designed by Jarmund/Vigsnaes Arkitekter, this home features a gabled black upper floor on top of an entirely transparent lower floor so that from a distance, the home appears to be levitating.
The Glass Pavilion
Situated in Santa Barbara, California, the 13,875 square foot luxury home was designed by Los-Angeles-based architect Steve Hermann.
This home originally was designed by Ville Hara and Linda Bergroth as a greenhouse. Later Bergroth customized the prototype to create her own summer house, adding a wooden floor, solar panels and steps made from reclaimed bricks.
Photos by Arsi Ikäheimonen
Werner Sobek’s House 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.