Beautiful, ethereal, one with nature…maybe not for everyone, but I would love to vacation in a glass house on the beach. To me, the closeness to nature is the biggest draw. I love watching a storm roll in or the snow come down, a doe and her fawn walking by, hummingbirds flitting around – there is never a dull moment where Mother Nature is concerned. And of course, my cat, Isabelle, would love the never-ending parade of squirrels and birds.
City or country, forest or lake, winter or summer – glass houses are found everywhere. No matter how big or small, glass houses are always an exclamation point amidst the mundane brick, stone and wood of most buildings.
Worried about privacy? Install windows that become translucent with the flip of a switch, or a screen shade that drops from the ceiling when needed.
Here are just a few glass houses I’ve found that make we want to commune with nature. What about you?
On the Water
Living on the water (or in the water) in a glass house just seems like something out of a fairytale, doesn’t it? The home in our featured photo above is a floating holiday water villa, a reinvention of the traditional “houseboat.”
Here are a few more that are pretty jaw-dropping.
Besides looking cool, why build a glass house?
- Glass houses are eco-friendly. Compared to other building materials, glass is more environmentally friendly to make and doesn’t give off toxic fumes during the production process. Glass is also extremely durable (this isn’t the typical glass you are thinking of), won’t corrode like other more common building materials and will last for years before it needs to be replaced.
- Glass is extremely versatile. As a building material, glass comes in many forms and can be manipulated to fulfill numerous tasks. It can be colored, tinted and worked into unique shapes. It can also be made to be bullet-proof, self-cleaning, shatterproof and even self-regulating to light and heat.
- All that glass is good for you. A glass house can be good for both your physical and mental wellbeing. All that natural light that glass allows to pour into your home, can ward off seasonal depression. And just having nature on view all the time can be very calming. Glass also provides excellent soundproofing, which can help you get a good night’s sleep. (Info via Point 2)
At One with Nature
How relaxing it would be to sit and watch Mother Nature unfolding right before your eyes every single day from one of these gorgeous glass houses.
What do you think about this glass house? Kinda like living in a really high end igloo.
The designer of this floating house, Dymitr Malcew, says that this house was ‘designed for people who appreciate freedom and nature at their doorstep. The concept of the floating house is inspired by nature, openness and luxurious yet easy lifestyle. The seamless connection with surroundings is achieved with minimal intervention, offering highest level of sustainability.’
This house designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson using glass and bent steel has a real Art Deco vibe.
So, is a glass house all it’s cracked up to be? I don’t know. You’ll have to decide that for yourself. All I can say, is they certainly take your breath away! Glass house or not, we’d love to help make your house breathtaking, too. Give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to send us an email.
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