Extreme Glass House by Santambrogio

This is no movie set or any kind of art object; it is in fact a residence. This glass concept home is created by Italian design firm Santambrogio. Carlo Santambrogio and designer Ennio Arosio have said that it was the desire of the client to build it in glass completely. Located in Milan, in the middle of a wood. The glass material used for the construction is 6 to 7 mm thick. The material can be specially heated during the winter, which is one of the best and most demanded characteristic feature of the house. 

As you can see, everything in this house is made of glass including the floorings, ceilings and the staircases — yes you’re reading it right, glass staircases. Even the book cases, the tables and the cabinets are made of glass.

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Pretty Architecture presents: Glass houses S2E1

This open glass house doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but is sure to spark some creative thinking of your own! Netherlands architecture firm Hans van Heeswijk Architects designed this stunning glass wall house in Amsterdam, where the interior is always on display. (And if you value your privacy, this isn’t the place for you! But, it’s definitely worth a tour for the architecture lovers out there.) 

In fact, it’s the residence of Hans van Heeswijk, who wanted a spacious, light-filled place full of dramatic details to call “home.” Inside, this open concept home design welcomes you with a vast, open interior - an open-to-above living area punctuated with open staircases zigzagging their way up, and contemporary loft levels cutting across from one side to the other. 

At the center of the home, a “magic box” rises three storeys and is clad in wenge wood, housing storage closets, a bathroom every floor and a dumbwaiter. Topping off this contemporary design, a rooftop terrace overlooks the waterfront. Hans van Heeswijk Architects

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Case Key Guest House

The guest residence, located on a barrier island, is set within a mature oak hammock along Sarasota Bay. The wooden structure was inspired by two elements. First, the Owner’s one sentence program which read, “…respect the land, and the rest will follow”. Secondly, the live oak trees which were shaped by the coastal winds from the west, influenced the structural form of the guest house.

Architect: Sweet Sparkman Architects
Location: Casey Key, Florida, USA

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Kingdom Tower

Kingdom Tower in Jeddah will be the world’s tallest skyscraper with a height of 1,007 meter (3 303.8 feet). It will be the first building to reach the height of 1 kilometer.

Although no exact completion date was given, the Kingdom Tower might be completed as early as 2017, and it will have more than 200 floors, with the highest deck observation in the world on the 157th level.

Kingdom Tower is designed by Burj Khalifa architect, Adrian Smith, but many details about the project are kept secret, and will be revealed gradually. The building is financed by the family of Osama Bin Laden. 

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Pretty Architecture presents: See-Through Glass House #2

This dramatic glass-enclosed contemporary home has an open floor plan encompassing the kitchen, dining room and two living spaces on the main level, plus hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. 

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Pretty Architecture presents: Glass houses S2E3

Milan-based architect Jacopo Mascheroni of JM Architecture designed this futuristic Swiss house with an eye toward the views, and the ultra-contemporary. The hillside home, perched overlooking Lake Lugano, makes the most of the breathtaking vistas through its expansive glazing, while adding a futuristic flair to the home’s look and feel. 

The live work house, home to a financial consultant and her family, is organized in two volumes – the glass-enclosed upper level with an open-concept living room, kitchen and bath; and below grade, the home’s private quarters include two baths, a laundry area, office, playroom, and three bedrooms that open onto a private courtyard. Light, airy yet striking, this glass wall house certainly stands out in this small town.

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‘When the house was finished, people used to come in… people were four deep. My mother had to leave the house sometimes on the weekend, because they were all standing around the windows you know, trying to see this incredible contraption’ (architect Harry Seidler, 2003)

When completed in 1950, Rose Seidler House was ‘the most talked about house in Sydney’. Designed by the young Harry Seidler for his parents Rose and Max, the house overturned almost every convention of suburban home design.

The radical design both inside and out integrated architecture, art and technology in a bold and optimistic vision for a new way of living. Today, still surrounded by bushland with panoramic views of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, the house is one of the finest examples of mid 20th-century modern domestic architecture in Australia, and its furniture and fittings form one of the most complete and intact post World War II design collections in public ownership.

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Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen is one of Mexico’s hottest beach destinations, and at a good price, too. But imagine having a dream home down in the warm waters with gorgeous beaches for days. These villas bySanzpont Architecture have got it all, and the exteriors are an amazing beach style that’s not too tropical or over the top with beach references.

Instead, the structures have things just right with plenty of large opening shutters and balcony views. Villas Tarabini are situated in a cluster of 4 on the same lot, with white roofs and some stunning pool action. And of course, it’s all right on a golf course.

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Flying Houses

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Today a new post with pictures of flying houses. Beautiful images that speak to the imagination! Inspiration for new ideas! 

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Pretty Architecture presents: Glass houses S2E4

Leroy M. Merritt, a Maryland native and real estate developer, built this waterfront home in Pasadena, Md., in 1986. Mr. Merritt, who founded a chain of gyms in Baltimore called Merritt Athletic Clubs, passed away in January 2010 at the age of 79. The home, which now belongs to members of Mr. Merritt’s family, was built as a weekend retreat.

It is called the ‘Glass House’ and has walls of windows offering views of the Magothy River, Broad Creek and Sillery Bay. The 9,700-square-foot home sits on 3½ acres and has four bedrooms. The master suite has a vaulted ceiling with recessed lighting.

Following his death, Mr. Merritt’s family decided to auction the home. ‘I decided the house needed a broader market than the regular real-estate industry can do,’ Ms. Stettinius says of her decision to introduce the auction option to the owners.

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Ban Shigeru: Expo in Hanover

As an expression of sustainable architecture – a central theme of the Expo – the pavilion was constructed with recycled materials that can be dismantled and used again. Over the main hall is a lattice-grid shell of cardboard tubes. The end walls are in a cable-tensioned cardboard honeycomb construction, while the roof skin consists of a five-layer fire- and waterproof ­paper membrane. Even the sand-filled steel foundations can be removed and used again later. Extensive trials were necessary to obtain planning approval, however. The structure had to be reinforced with curved timber ladder gir­ders, which, together with the steel stays, form the real load-bearing elements; and the paper membrane had to be covered with an additional PVC fabric.

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