Watch How a Sculptor’s Cliffside Glass House Seems to Grow Out of the Rocks

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By Paige Alexus / Published by Dwell
As a sculptor who spent years living and working in France, Loraine Strait always dreamed of living closely with nature and garnering daily inspiration from a neighboring river.

When she stumbled upon a forested area by a stream on the trails of Spain's El Camino de Santiago, her goal was set in stone. She turned to Gregory Wiedemann and Barbara Sweeney of Wiedemann Architects LLC to turn her vision into a reality.

Follow us to Falling Waters, West Virginia, where Strait fell in love with a stone quarry overlooking the Potomac River, poised at the edge of a cliff. By focusing on space and light, the design team started conceiving how they would utilize the incredible surrounding’s natural light in a way that would enhance Strait’s creative experiences within her new home. To do this, Wiedemann turned to Kolbe Windows & Doors with the confidence that he would be able to find the right windows for the job—ones that have been created with architects in mind.

Watch How a Sculptor’s Cliffside Glass House Seems to Grow Out of the Rocks - Photo 1 of 5 - Wiedemann strongly believes that a window is the threshold between inside and outside, and that it’s important to utilize a selection that emphasizes an open connection with your surroundings—particularly for an artist who depends on natural light. He chose to use Kolbe Windows & Doors' VistaLuxe® Collection, which has clean, narrow site lines that seem to disappear.

Wiedemann strongly believes that a window is the threshold between inside and outside, and that it’s important to utilize a selection that emphasizes an open connection with your surroundings—particularly for an artist who depends on natural light. He chose to use Kolbe Windows & Doors' VistaLuxe® Collection, which has clean, narrow site lines that seem to disappear.

How about hearing from the masterminds behind the project? See for yourself what went into the visionary process behind this sensational glass house, and how the sleek implementation of windows forged a sanctuary that Strait can thrive in.