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

santambrogiomilano: glass house series

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



the transparent housing concepts by milano-based santambrogiomilano are designed to be built almost anywhere around the world and allowthe 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 withstandinglarger loads, namely from the snow, and will help insulate the interior. with the touch of a button, the special glass panels instantly turn mattefor privacy, and sliding curtains make it possible to further close off specific rooms. the ‘cliff house’ on the other hand contains thinner lighterglass 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 thoughfloating above the ocean seen in the horizon. not meant for dense urban areas, these residences create somewhat of an invisible enclosure that exposesa 360-degree view of the immediate environment. a strict modular grid of transparent columns and beams allows the houses to become flexiblein size accommodating the individual’s needs.



kitchen and staircaseimage © santambrogiomilano

dining area and officeimage © santambrogiomilano

bedroom with retractable curtains for targeted privacyimage © santambrogiomilano

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

living roomimage © santambrogiomilano

‘cliff house’ next to the seaimage © santambrogiomilano

rests over a thin bed of waterimage © santambrogiomilano

bedroomimage © santambrogiomilano

  • Nintendo owner’s house

    Gordon says:
  • Kinda kengo kuma steve jobsian

    Gordon says:
  • Love this hous sooooooooooooooooooo much!

    Bob R. says:
  • Thank god they are only renderings. They look cluttered and green housy. Not even these gorgeous backgrounds can save them. It is like henry moore without the stone, they are all hole 🙂

    Arjen Wind says:
  • Such amazing projects!!!!! WOW!

    AlexGoalie says:
  • MOST research focus of the majority of the residential space function and scale,in this case sucked material into the first one, I like the ethereal feeling when winter comes, but do not know how to do the insulation, how can it mist??

    tjyhm says:
  • How much does a house like that cost?

    olga alexander says:
  • in a correct perspective, the focal point of horizontal lines is at the level of the horizon and not in the sea. weird gap between knowledge (how to make realistic renderings) and stupidity

    martin says:
  • This house is perfect… long as you never intend to have sex and use the loo!

    Dolores Barrett says:
  • I like it! The feature of obscuring any portion of the glass at will with the push of a button is great. However, I’d omit the glass furniture and might use oriental rugs and more natural furnishings. The views would then change as you moved around the home. You would also have a unique perspective of your home and furnishings. Again also, a unique perspecitve of the other inhabitants, if they wished. Real nice!

    Fred A. Saas, architect says:
  • WAY to busy. Glass demands the minimalism of Ando!

    Mike Jackson says:
  • leben wie die Fische leben im Aquarium! Ich könnte nicht eine Sekunde schlafen in diesem Glashaus.

    René Düsel says:
  • who’s gonna clean it? who’s gonna wipe off all the fingerprints? wherever you touch, you’re gonna leave grease behind.
    who’s gonna walk barefoot, say, in the bedroom and then wipe away all the footprints the next day? way to unpractical,
    looks good on photo only.

    test says:
  • no bathroom? no kitchen? it’s art, right

    test says:
  • Absolutely LOVE it!!!! OMG I designed a cliff home like this where the house would be over top of a cliff too.

    LincolnHo says:
  • I agree with martin, maybe the houses are built perpendicular to a steep slope ? Given the liberties the architects have taken with their clients needs, it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if they also forgot basic geometry.

    Romain says:

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