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Windowless Concrete Homes

The Vertical Glass House Swaps Out Wooden Floors in Favor of Glass

— January 29, 2014 — Art & Design
As far as names go, the Vertical Glass House is about as misleading as they come. The house is vertical in that it was built up, not across. However, the glass the house's name references comes in the form of glass floors, not windows. The building is concrete and has only one window, which also doubles as its roof. The result is a house with a giant skylight and a floor that looks down into the bathroom below.

The Vertical Glass House was originally designed by Yung Ho Chang in 1991. Chang founded the architectural firm Altelier FCJZ, and he recently brought his original concept to life some 20 years later. While the house does lack windows, it's not exactly a dungeon as the glass floors allow sun from the roof to fill the whole house. The Vertical Glass House was designed to be used as both an exhibition and a guest house for visiting architects.
Trend Themes
1. Glass Flooring - Opportunity for innovative flooring solutions to create unique and visually stunning spaces.
2. Vertical Architecture - Potential for vertical construction methods to optimize space and create sustainable housing solutions.
3. Skylight Design - Chance for innovative skylight designs that bring natural light into buildings while adding aesthetic value.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture and Design - Disruptive innovation opportunities to create novel structures and push the boundaries of traditional design.
2. Construction - Opportunity to transform the way buildings are constructed by incorporating glass flooring and vertical architecture.
3. Home Decor and Furnishings - Innovation possibilities in creating furnishings and accessories that complement glass floorings and skylight designs.
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