Optical Glass House
Do you live in the big city and like being involved in its life, but sometimes it is just too much and you want to retreat to your hole? Well, Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP have designed an excellent solution by presenting an Optical Glass house!
Unique Hiroshima House
Located amidst the tall buildings in a city of Hiroshima, Japan, the house can’t help it, but becomes a part of a big scenery with all its traffic, sounds and life. The brilliant minds behind the Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP company have came to a conclusion, which would allow an urban house to be both a part of a local scenery and to provide a secure shelter for its owners.
The privacy and tranquility are the issues needed, when you live in an urban setting, but building a fortress in the middle of the street is not exactly what the owners wanted. Instead, the Optical Glass house was invented. The beauty of the house is that the side that is facing the street is decorated with a 13 ton glass block wall, which obscures the interior of the house for the street viewers, yet allows a lot of light for inside, plus it is also saving from the street sounds! This way, the owners always have a serene house, with lots of sunlight, and absolutely no car sounds! But wait, there is more!
Beside the glass block wall there is a garden, which allows to create an illusion of tranquility and also beautifies the space! So, this way, the owners of the house can be sitting in the middle of the garden, that is located in the downtown Hiroshima, but not to be disturbed by the sounds of the passing cars, fumes and other unpleasant urban distractors. Meanwhile, the interior of the house is pretty traditional in this setting, but the glass blocks are just mind blowing. Here is an explanation of their construction from the architects:
A façade of some 6,000 pure-glass blocks (50mm x 235mm x 50mm) was employed…To realize such a façade, glass casting was employed to produce glass of extremely high transparency from borosilicate, the raw material for optical glass. The casting process was exceedingly difficult, for it required both slow cooling to remove residual stress from within the glass, and high dimensional accuracy. Even then, however, the glass retained micro-level surface asperities, but we actively welcomed this effect, for it would produce unexpected optical illusions in the interior space.