santambrogiomilano: glass house series
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jan 12, 2013
santambrogiomilano: glass house series


‘glass house series’ by santambrogiomilano, milan, italy
above image: ‘snow house’
image © santambrogiomilano

 

 

the transparent housing concepts by milano-based santambrogiomilano are designed to be built almost anywhere around the world and allow
the inhabitant to be completely immersed in nature. every component of the dwellings, except for the ground floor, is composed of structural
glass pieces. the ‘snow house,’ as the name implies, would be located in colder climates and is constructed of thicker panes capable of withstanding
larger loads, namely from the snow, and will help insulate the interior. with the touch of a button, the special glass panels instantly turn matte
for privacy, and sliding curtains make it possible to further close off specific rooms. the ‘cliff house’ on the other hand contains thinner lighter
glass elements as there are no external forces acting upon the structure. elevated over a thin bed of water, the dwelling lets the owner feel as though
floating above the ocean seen in the horizon. not meant for dense urban areas, these residences create somewhat of an invisible enclosure that exposes
a 360-degree view of the immediate environment. a strict modular grid of transparent columns and beams allows the houses to become flexible
in size accommodating the individual’s needs.

 

 


kitchen and staircase
image © santambrogiomilano

 

 


dining area and office
image © santambrogiomilano

 

 


bedroom with retractable curtains for targeted privacy
image © santambrogiomilano

 

 


first rendition of the snow house, connected to a more traditional style construction
image © santambrogiomilano

 

 


living room
image © santambrogiomilano

 

 


‘cliff house’ next to the sea
image © santambrogiomilano

 

 


rests over a thin bed of water
image © santambrogiomilano

 

 


bedroom
image © santambrogiomilano

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