Glass Wall Houses – Sublime Elegance
We’re back to take a new look at modern homes, this time approached from a different perspective, namely transparency, literally. We live in times in which openness is encouraged on all levels to induce a more efficient communication and inspire trust. In the building sector, too, transparency comes to bring extra elegance, connecting the interiors with the outdoor spaces, especially when the buildings lie in plain nature. Below are three glass wall houses which bring down any barrier between spaces and blend for a final amazing living experience.
The first example shows a modern bungalow style house, spreading on a single level and 220 square meters. It comes as an open living space and a seamless flow between indoors and outdoors thanks to the glazed walls. The house features integrated photovoltaic panels for production of domestic hot water and electricity. Mechanical systems include radiant hot water heat in the floor, zoned air conditioning with subterranean ducting and tankless water heaters as back-up to the active solar unit. The layout comes divided in two halves, one integrating the living, dining and kitchen, while the other houses three bedrooms, each of the two connected to the outdoor spaces.
The second plan describes a modern large-sized home, spreading on three stories and a surface of 427 square meters. The house, built in the Canadian city of Vancouver, is partially buried so that the third story, where the decks and garages lie, is flush with the soil level. The house features numerous spaces of diverse utility, with the bedrooms lying on the lower and upper levels. All rooms on the second and third story enjoy spectacular views all around.
Finally, we have picked for the third example a small house, sitting on the shores of a lake in Finland. It is basically a glass made cabin which has only a bedroom in its structure, conceived as a temporary getaway at the heart of nature, far from the city bustle. The pictures below speak for themselves about how well integrated into the surrounding unspoiled landscape the small glass structure is and the truly unique experience it gives its occupants.