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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photo credit: Imre Csany/Csany Studio

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Heydar Aliyev Center

The Heydar Aliyev Center is a 619,000-square-foot building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for its distinctive architecture and flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles.

The Heydar Aliyev Center represents a fluid form which emerges by the folding of the landscape’s natural topography and by the wrapping of individual functions of the Center. All functions of the Center, together with entrances, are represented by folds in a single continuous surface. This fluid form gives an opportunity to connect the various cultural spaces whilst at the same time, providing each element of the Center with its own identity and privacy. As it folds inside, the skin erodes away to become an element of the interior landscape of the Center.

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The Sliding House

When the house slides open it is an unusual sight to behold.  Four electric motors silently slide the 20 ton outer house shell back to reveal the inner glass and steel structure. The motors that power this sliding run on car batteries automatically recharged through solar power.

Currently the house shell slides back 28 meters (92 feet), a trip that takes about 6 minutes. In the “back” position the shell shades a patio. The London-based architectural firm that designed the house, de Rijke Marsh Morgan, allowed for the possibly of extending the track further to allow the roof shell to cover a garden or swimming pool.


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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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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