As we’ve been wondering through and slowly cataloging the various iterations and transformation of “The Glass House” over time, one of our favorites is definitely Charles Wright’s re-interpretation. Its hard to improve upon an original, but Wright did a spectacular job. While the original glass house was much a small one bedroom living pavilion, Wright’s version becomes a full functional event driven space that accommodates all of the modern living needs beyond a simple retreat for reflection. Wright’s house is truly a house and full living environment, it builds upon the original, using much the same materials, much the same shape, and is clearly recognizable as a re-invention, no imagination or leap of faith needed, while nonetheless integrating a full spectrum of needs and desires within the frame – multiple rooms, multiple events. A master awning that is the roof slab, serves to anchor separate pavilions with living spaces, both indoor and outdoor.
Since it was built the home has won a number of AIA design awards. It is perhaps best to read the architect in his own words to get a better idea for some of the thought process.
And lastly, did we happen to forget that it has all been built with a wonderful eye towards the latest in sustainability.