American architect Philip Johnson created the original Glass House. This is a house-museum located near the town of New Canaan in Connecticut. For fifty years the picturesque area was empty and the house was the first of fourteen buildings to be built there in 1949. The Glass House became a unique example of the amazing modern architecture, demonstrating its simplicity, brevity and perfection of proportions.
The main feature of this open-plan and one-story residence is the absence of any division into rooms. Nevertheless, there is only one exception – a bathroom made in a separate cylindrical brick volume in the center of the house. The floor of herring-bone pattern is made of red brick and rises above ground level by 25 centimeters. Low cabinets and bookshelves visually show the boundaries of functional zones; it influences well by its ventilation and insulation. Nowadays this incredible building of glass and steel is open for surrounding beauty. In 1997, the Glass House was declared to be a National Historic Monument.
Despite the fact that the Glass House is the main attraction of the complex, Philip Johnson has not stopped there and has also designed thirteen buildings, including the guest house, art gallery and the pavilion with sculptures.
Photos by Simon Garcia