Thomas Roszak Architecture, LLC
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Glass House industrial-living-room
 

Glass House

Photography-Hedrich Blessing

Glass House:
The design objective was to build a house for my wife and three kids, looking forward in terms of how people live today. To experiment with transparency and reflectivity, removing borders and edges from outside to inside the house, and to really depict “flowing and endless space”. To construct a house that is smart and efficient in terms of construction and energy, both in terms of the building and the user. To tell a story of how the house is built in terms of the constructability, structure and enclosure, with the nod to Japanese wood construction in the method in which the concrete beams support the steel beams; and in terms of how the entire house is enveloped in glass as if it was poured over the bones to make it skin tight. To engineer the house to be a smart house that not only looks modern, but acts modern; every aspect of user control is simplified to a digital touch button, whether lights, shades/blinds, HVAC, communication/audio/video, or security. To develop a planning module based on a 16 foot square room size and a 8 foot wide connector called an interstitial space for hallways, bathrooms, stairs and mechanical, which keeps the rooms pure and uncluttered. The base of the interstitial spaces also become skylights for the basement gallery.

This house is all about flexibility; the family room, was a nursery when the kids were infants, is a craft and media room now, and will be a family room when the time is right. Our rooms are all based on a 16’x16’ (4.8mx4.8m) module, so a bedroom, a kitchen, and a dining room are the same size and functions can easily change; only the furniture and the attitude needs to change.

The house is 5,500 SF (550 SM)of livable space, plus garage and basement gallery for a total of 8200 SF (820 SM). The mathematical grid of the house in the x, y and z axis also extends into the layout of the trees and hardscapes, all centered on a suburban one-acre lot.
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http://www.roszak.com/glass-house

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August 6, 2013
laratro wrote:
Is the floor hickory or white oak? What color?
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This is Brazilian Cherry floor without stain.
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April 1, 2013
31121961 wrote:
What are dimensions of the Column and the beams
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Concrete columns are 12"x12" and beams 14"x12".
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December 27, 2012
Stacy Grabb wrote:
Love the accent wall color? What color is it?
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it is vermillion or chinese red...
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April 10, 2014
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March 31, 2013
soccerstuke wrote:
Can you please share which company/contractor installed the stacked horizontal windows in the Chicago area and
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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.
Roszak painted the beams and walls to depart from the grayness of the concrete and complement the green surrounding the house. The architect-developer ended up selling this house (he was asking about $4 million), but I doubt anybody will love it is as much as the architect who designed it.Did you design your house? What kind of client were you?

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