Living in a Fish Bowl.

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People have varying views on living in a glass house. Some people believe that it is like living within a fish bowl and that all privacy is lost. Others see it as a way of blurring the boundary between inside and outside. What ever your view might be, I am sure at least one of our examples below will catch your eye, for the amazing piece of architecture that it is.

 

Watervilla Kortenhoef, Netherlands by Waterstudio.

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This house has its ground floor located very close to water level. The use of glass within the design allows for spectacular views over the water to be seen from almost every space. The building also includes a roof terrace and an underwater floor containing the bedrooms and bathrooms. These sub-aquatic levels receive light through internal voids.

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Woodland House series by Carlo Santambrogio

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This Milano based architect has designed a series of glass houses, some of which are yet to be built.

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The house featured here is ‘woodlands house’ and is set within a modular grid structure so that it can be constructed in almost any configuration.

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Carlo’s philosophy is based on simplicity and making boundary lines vanish. So unsurprisingly, his favourite material is glass.

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House R 128, Germany by Werner Sobek Architects

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This stunning building has the added extra of being completely recyclable, produces no emissions and is thermally self-sufficient due to the use of solar cells.

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It uses triple glazing panels, which are highly efficient.

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The method of the structure means that the building is easy to dismantle, and therefore recycle.

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Making House R128 the coolest sustainable house we’ve ever seen!

 

Church Point Home, Australia by Utz Sanby

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This house is located on the top of a steep sloping site taking advantage of the views towards Pittwater through the abundant natural vegetation. The house uses a palette of steel timber and glass giving a ship-like aesthetic.

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Glass is used to connect the house with its natural bush setting. The steel supports elevating the building mimic the tree trunks of the surrounding forest.

 

House in Minami Boso, Japan by Kiyonobu Nakagame & Associates.

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This house was designed for Clients who live in Tokyo. Although located only two hours drive from the city, the site faces the Pacific Ocean with the mountains in the background.

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Glass was used within the project to take full advantage of these magnificent views; to take full advantage of this, Nakagame created a scheme, which contains one continuous wall which is folded like origami to frame the vista.

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Shark Alley House, New Zealand by Fearon Hay Architects

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Designed as a family retreat, with robust structure to hold its own against the wild coastal weather.

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Shark Alley House captures its incredible views whilst still providing a comfortable shelter from the potentially hostile elements.

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With harsh weather mainly coming from the sea, the leeward side of the house provides open access onto the sheltered courtyard.

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The ‘L’ Shaped plan enhances this protection with sliding shutters, providing flexible combinations of shade, ventilation, views and privacy.

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Images sourced from:

http://www.waterstudio.nl/projects/52
http://www.santambrogiomilano.it
http://www.wernersobek.de/index.php?page=251&modaction=detail&modid=30
http://www.utzsanby.com/html/Church_Point_newhouse.html
http://www.nakagame.com/works_en/works_menu.html
http://fearonhay.com/residential/shark-alley