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The Optical Glass House Filters Sounds Out and Sights In

By: Meghan Young - Published: Jan 11, 2013 • References: nakam.info and contemporist
The Optical Glass House is a surprising example of architecture that employs unorthodox materials to create a visually striking effect. In this case, it uses 6,000 pure-glass blocks to mimic the traditional look of red brick.

Nevertheless, there is nothing classic about the Optical Glass House. Taking on a contemporary square shape, it translucent glass has a mesh-like aesthetic that reveals and conceals in equal amounts. Although it is apparent that there is a tree blossoming in the courtyard within, it is hard to determine much else.

Designed by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, the Optical Glass House was built in Hiroshima, Japan. Isolated from the world in such a way that it is still perceivable, habitants of this extraordinary home are able to enjoy a tranquil existence. The glass effectively blocks out sound but not sights.