Thursday, October 3, 2013

Glass House


Philip Johnson was a famous modernist architect.  For his own home, he designed
a glass house on 47 acres in a neighborhood of huge traditional homes in
New Canaan, Connecticut, near the New York border. 

Today it is operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and open for tours.
I'm glad I saw it but, no, I could not live there.

26 comments:

Andy said...

I got a smile on my face when my mind started to imagine what I would see if people lived there. I can't say what I saw... it's censored. (:-0)

Kate said...

People in glass houses .. . ..

Lowell said...

I do believe I saw this house on HGTV one night. My reaction was that it was beautiful but would not want to live in it.

Luis Gomez said...

Wonderful!

Sharon said...

It is beautiful to look at but I agree, I couldn't live there either. A nice big floor to ceiling window in one room would be okay but, not the whole house.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

in many climates this would be a greenhouse too hot to cool, without a roof overhanging the windows.

VP said...

Architects are funny beasts and creative creatures, but we ought to remember not to take them too seriously.

Sylvia K said...

It is lovely to look at, but as a place to live??? No, I wouldn't want the people in the area to have to see the same thing I see in the mirror first thing in the morning or the last thing at night!!! Yipes!!

Mersad said...

I mean I would like to live in it, but it's fantastic looking.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Lynette said...

Fascinating. I couldn't live there. It would scare the neighbors.

Karl Demetz said...

At first I thought it is a greenhouse.
Fascinating idea, but I would not sleep there...

RedPat said...

I'm jealous that you saw it but I couldn't live there either. I'd have to install blinds everywhere! ;-)

LOLfromPasa said...

Neither could I but I do love it. (Thanks for stopping by my blog, Jack. We are getting there, slowly :)). BTW - love the shot.

William Kendall said...

Architects are quite peculiar, after all...

Kay said...

I guess that on the upside living in it would allow the owner to see everything going on outside. But, oh, all the downsides! No, thank you.

Randy said...

I would love a home like this out on my property in northern New Mexico.

Cezar and Léia said...

I like a lot this ecologic modern idea, but you can't forget some curtains for sure! :)
Léia

EG CameraGirl said...

YIKES! It's definitely not for me!

JM said...

It's gorgeous!... but my privacy would come in first place. :-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I've got nothing to hide Jack :))))))

Taken For Granted said...

I've seen photos of Philip Johnson's house in the past, and am familiar with his work. He designed the Sheldon Memorial Art Museum on the campus of the U. of Neb-Lincoln. Glass is not the greatest insulator, so this house would be expensive to heat and cool, especially on sunny summer days, or cold winter days. Great post, Jack.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

This is fabulous and reminds me of an episode of the Twilight Zone!

Bises,
Genie

PS bet they buy lots of Windex!

RamblingRound said...

Hah...nor could I! It would make a nice sunporch though.

Gunn said...

It must be very special to LIVE there, but as a place to work, have meetings and parties, it must have been great. If I ever come this way, I would like to visit it.

I like buildings with lots of natural light.

Stefan Jansson said...

Tricky to walk around naked if you are the shy type.

CaT said...

yep, a little too much glass! maybe if if was high up in the sky or something.... but i would need a lot of curtains here... haha