Designer Steve Hermann’s Glass Pavilion in Santa Barbara can best be described as a re-imagining of the Glass House on steroids. It is big, 13,000 square feet, makes it cavernous. The very size along puts it in a class completely opposite to what the original glass houses were really about, usually not a primary structure, but a secondary retreat or cabin even. Hermann’s version probably draws more from Mies van der Rohe rather than Philip Johnson, the white slabs reference the original Barcelona Pavilion and the white more the Farnsworth House. The temptation might be to say that Hermann has taken a beautiful idea, the simplicity of a small glass pavilion and twisted it in to some monster by simply expanding its size beyond recognition, which is to some degree accurate, but at the same time Hermann’s restraint speaks to his design acumen. The house maintains a recognizable form, the materials more or less the same, it’s just the scale and the setting that shout out loud to be heard.
A visit to Steve Hermann’s website provides the full extent of his portfolio, to the best of our knowledge.