By Seamus Payne
Oct 2, 2021
Timeless, transparent architecture
The clear transmission of light makes a glass-walled home the ideal live/work space for a professional photographer.
This house was built around this concept, with a north-facing wall that brings in both direct and diffuse light for stunning studio photography.
Architects: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
A contemporary home in the heart of Hiroshima uses custom glass bricks for a large, multi-story outer wall.
The Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP is filled with natural light that flows deep into its interior spaces.
Architects: David Jameson Architect
This striking glass structure occupies a peaceful garden in the rear of a suburban home.
The Tea House by David Jameson Architect is a special space for relaxation, meditation and music within a finely-landscaped private yard.
Architects: Steve Hermann Design
A large rectangular pavilion structure features white floors and ceilings with clear glass walls from one end to the other.
The Glass Pavilion by Steve Hermann Design is a homage in spirit to one of the first glass houses, the famous Farnsworth House by Mies Van der Rohe.
Architects: Taalman Koch
The It Kithouse Prefab Home by Taalman Koch is precision-manufactured off-site to be rapidly constructed on the plot of your choice.
It is sustainable in both material construction and energy consumption, as its glass walls bring in warm sunlight in the winter and can open to allow passive cooling in the summer.
Architects: Miers Architects
A continuance of the tea house theme, as a place for private relaxation and introspection, continues with a series of three glass houses in the Silicon Valley.
The Tea Houses by Swatt | Miers Architects are located on a hilly, wooded plot near the owner’s primary residence.
Architects: Thomas Phifer and Partners
This large, transparent pavilion home is a work of art in its own right, but it houses an impressive collection of modern art as well.
The Fishers Island House by Thomas Phifer and Partners is home to a retired museum director and wife, plus a large collection of painted art and sculptures in and around the home.
Architects: Thomas Roszak
No other glass house can match the scale of this architectural marvel by Thomas Roszak.
This Glass House is more than just the architect’s most celebrated work, it’s also home to his young family on the north shore of Chicago, Illinois.
Architects: PCKO x MOFO Architecs
The Jodlawa House by PCKO Architects is a large glass structure, punctuated with natural stone end walls and steel framing throughout.
Next to the glass-ceiling swimming pool, a long rectangular house features glass on every side and a cantilevered dining section rising above the natural plot below.
Architects: Ville Hara + Linda Bergroth
In a word– idyllic. A small crystal cottage overlooks a calm lake in Finland, a magical little glass getaway for two.
The house is a custom creation built on the frame of a shed design by Bergroth, one that is now a private escape for her own use.