Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Glass House

So if you're at the beach, by a lake or in some picturesque location -what better way to take advantage of the views than a glass house. I always think you need isolation for this (unless you want people watching you like a show on the boob tube). Modernists have favored this type of get away cottage for years, did it start with Mies van der Rohe perhaps?
Phillip Johnson's weekend retreat -the aptly named 'Glasshouse'

The Farnsworth house by Mies van der Rohe during the big floods a few years ago -i think there is something magical about seeing it floating in the water like that.

Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater - pretty glassy itself! This new house captured by Nick Bowers, takes all the best aspects of a glass house and puts them together- I would love to stay here!


pve design said...

Our home has over 70% windows and was built in the late 40's - I would never ever be able to live in a home without this much light. It is instant prozac daily.
I appreciate all the seasons too~
Love all your photos.

Topsy Turvy said...

All amazing houses. I've always loved the idea of living like this, completely enveloped by nature. (Of course, as you say, you would need to be on a deserted island or behind gates!)
Philip Johnson's design is so perfect and pure, and so perfectly sited.


At Home Redesigns said...

I so could not keep a glass house clean...

Be the change..... said...

It would definitely be hard, AHR! I think it's best when it's done as a country house or vacation home!

Clarity said...

I've always wanted an almost fully glass house from a very young age.

Frank Lloyd Wright smeared such beauty across this planet, without trying to usurp it.

Interesting blog, I didn't realise whose it was once I saw the Pve branding header. You should post often.