A wide expanse of glass is a classic hallmark of modern architecture, and with good reason: Walls and windows that blur the boundaries of indoor and outdoor spaces by employing glass create feelings of freedom and lightness, connect us to nature, and capture breathtaking views. To that end, we've pulled together a selection of stunning homes that are defined as much by the views their designs afford as the architectural elements themselves.
In this modern home by Snohetta, an undulating custom-built wood seating system echoes the organic shapes of nature visible through a wall of glass.
In this renovated farmhouse in Italy, a catwalk leads to a comfortable, spacious live/work area with serene views of the trees. “We watch TV here, use the computer, and sit by the fire,” says Chiavelli. “The way you access the space is part of the architecture, and that’s part of the beauty of it.”
Photo by: Helenio Barbetta
On an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine, a writer, with the help of his daughter, built not only a room but an entire green getaway of his own. The deck off the front of the sustainably built Porter Cottage is also minimally furnished with elegant lines of beach rock and two Leaf chairs by Arper.
Photo by: Eirik Johnson
A low slung, plywood-clad box window creates a peaceful nook for meditating on nature. Via ffffound
Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House
was a revelation 60 yeas ago—and still wows today. Built in 1949, the Glass House opened for the first time to the public in the summer of 2007.
Courtesy of: Paul Warchol
Architect Mary Ann Schicketanz created a 1,900-square-foot home in Big Sur, California, that hugs its hillside site. Here, two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom frame expansive vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Take a peek through the glass at the green design features of this oceanside home.
Photo by: Robert Canfield
Little is needed in the way of bedroom ornament or furnishings with a picture window framing a quiet view. Via youaretheriver.