The Glass Box style home in architectural design, depending upon exactly how you want to define it, was first designed and popularized by lets give credit to both Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson. Mies’ Barcelona Pavilion came first, but as an actual residential structure The Farnsworth House and Johnson’s Glass House were both close enough. The ideas and design behind the structures drastically changed how we thought about the spaces that we live in and how we want to live. There’s no need to get in to a long drawn out discussion of that here.
Ever since the “Glass House” made its mark and established itself as a wonder of modern architecture, it has been almost a right of passage for every successive architect to try their hand at an interpretation. There have been so many different versions they would be impossible to list, each and every one with varying degrees of success based upon individual tastes.
Earlier iterations on the glass house were mostly white, which more or less defined the modern palette, the white was matched up with cold stone and metal. Really a very specific aesthetic and not for everyone. More recently, the glass house is being reconsidered as less a part of man made machine looking out at nature and more as a box within nature. The difference comes from a more varied use of material and color and texture, for instance, using natural woods, raw or slightly tumble stone, color tones that blend in to the environment rather than juxtapose.
The Johnson Glass House is still, even after all these years, amazing and a wonderful place to visit, easy train ride outside of NYC for anyone who might be interested to go. It is by far and away the classic and original.
Rem Koolhaas experimented with a couple different versions.
Charles Wright Architects has a multi pavilion version.
Steve Hermann created a white slab ultra-luxury version.
Warming up a bit Brillhart Architecture, a husband and wife team out of Miami, built their personal home on the Miami River, a glass house of sorts, but adopted to the tropics .