This aptly named Glass House, designed by Thomas Roszak, is in the north suburbs of Chicago and follows the city's modern tradition embodied by Mies van der Rohe. The residence, designed for the architect and his family, is composed of two-story glass cubes, modules that can be added to over time as the need for space increases.
These exterior photos show how the cubes create an in-and-out stepping-in plan. They also hint at some of the color inside: Yellow beams can be seen in this photo.
This view across one of those notches reveals a skylight that brings light to a below-grade level. The structure is a mix of concrete (slabs, columns, beams) and steel (perpendicular beams, slab edges). The latter is painted an orange-yellow that combines with the red walls and wood floors to bring warmth to the interior.
The yellow beams direct the gaze in this photo toward the view, the green surroundings that become an integral part of living in the Glass House.
Some privacy and sunlight reduction come from the full-height horizontal louvers inside the glass walls.
This massive house in Phoenix, Arizona doubles, as a private museum. The design, by Jones Studio, places the art on a lower floor defined by rammed-earth walls. Above that floor are the living spaces.
What the architects call the "floating residential pavilion" is composed of clear glass walls behind a translucent screen that filters daylight and is a canvas for artificial lighting after sundown.
This stunning shot clearly shows the translucent screens, which are hung from the roof by thin cables. The sizable terracelike space between these screens and the inner glass wall is also apparent.
The house is very sleek inside, with even more reflections coming from walls perpendicular to the exterior; it is almost officelike. Note the gap between the two exterior walls and also the way the screen filters the daylight. The art from below poking its way into the house via a glass box is a nice touch.
This conversion and addition of a two-flat in the hip Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago incorporates a sizable glass wall on its rear elevation.
The design, by dSPACE Studio, makes this glass wall operable, lifting like a garage door to open the double-height living space to the backyard.
There are some windows on the sides, but this large glass wall is the main source of light for the living area. Note how rooftop access happens next to this operable wall: A mezzanine walkway leads to a door that opens to an exterior spiral stair.
This small addition, designed by Martin Holub, comprises a laundry room, a bathroom, a hot tub, and a lounge area. The angle of the roof and the windows creates a jewel-like design.
Even with the expansive glass wall comprising much of the addition, other openings can be found: a window opposite, a grid of six skylights and a few smaller openings cut out of the wood walls next to the hot tub.