The raised glass box relates directly to the footprint of the spiral staircase, whose steel grating allows light to filter below.
The house is wide, maximizing views to the water. The glass box sticks above the two floors, like an exclamation point.
A side view of the house shows the selective use of glass, primarily toward the water for views but largely absent on the other sides for privacy. The glass box definitely stands out against these surfaces.
The house is actually made up of a few glass boxes that project from the Cape Cod volumes. Here we see the link between two of the volumes on the left and the main entry on the right.
On the other side of the house are the dining room (left) and garden access (right).
From inside, the dining room is a dramatic space with 270-degree views.
This house in Paris designed by Moussafir Architectes is inserted between two existing buildings. The architects conceptualized the house like a tree, and the main facade consists of three glass boxes that project and overlap each other; they relate to the stacking of the floors within.
The tree-like aspect of the glass boxes comes in the form of screens that close off the facade and provide shade for the interiors.
The effect at night is particularly striking. Note the patterns cast on the neighbors' walls.
The metal screens relate to the traditional shutters that can be found on most Parisian buildings. Their patterning is accomplished through contemporary means: laser cutting.
While I'm fond of the screens from outside, they are even more powerful from inside. They do a great job of cutting down on direct sunlight as well as creating privacy, something that glass boxes in various shapes and sizes are criticized for.