Full Exposure: Ultra-Cool Glass Houses

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    A modernist statement – aka the use of industrial materials such as glass and steel for domestic home construction – was made by such visionary architects as Mies van der Rohe, with his 1929 Barcelona Pavilion. Later he did the same in America with his “Farnsworth House,” and Phillip Johnson followed suit with his “Glass House” in New Canaan, Conn. These homes blur the line between indoor and outdoor spaces, and are studies in transparency and reflection. The proverb about “people in glass houses” predates the building of the first glass home, but it certainly is good advice for anyone looking to live in one. Glass homes continue to make statements in residential design, though it does take a certain kind of person to feel comfortable with all that exposure. Life in a modernist fishbowl requires either a lot of chutzpah or plenty of private acreage. Not to mention some tight security to keep those gawkers away. For now, take a look at the best see-through homes on the market. Photo Credit:  x-ray delta one
    The Glass Pavilion
  • The Glass Pavilion

    This Montecito, Calif., home was designed by Steve Hermann, who also designed homes for Christina Aguilera and Lenny Bruce. It's going for a cool $35 million. The Glass Pavilion, as it's called, is set within a 3.5-acre estate of oak groves in one of the wealthiest communities in the U.S. Inside – if you can call it that - is more than 14,000 square feet of living space. Photo Credit: Suzanne Perkins/Sotheby’s International Realty
    The Foundation
  • The Foundation

    The home is almost entirely glass-constructed with massive structural steel beams and took six years to build. The large glass panels are Star Fire glass, an incredibly clear glass often used for jewelry displays. The multiple fireplaces are statuary marble. Photo Credit: Suzanne Perkins/Sotheby’s International Realty
    Extra Space
  • Extra Space

    The home has five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, a grand hallway and a large wine room. It also includes an art gallery where the architect, who designed the home for himself, displays his vintage car collection. The garage accommodates up to 32 cars within its walnut-lined walls. Photo Credit: Suzanne Perkins/Sotheby’s International Realty
    The View
  • The View

    Bathe within full view of the outdoors in an Antonio Lupi free-standing tub. Fortunately, there is plenty of security to keep the peeping toms at bay. The home is within a gated estate at the end of a rather long driveway and comes equipped with a high-tech security system. Photo Credit: Suzanne Perkins/Sotheby’s International Realty
    The Digs
  • The Digs

    Built in 2007, this rounded pod house in Quepos, Costa Rica, was designed by Adres Morales, a native. The house has a main and guesthouse with the added perks of horse stables and a helipad. For $1.4 million, you'll get plenty of privacy on 6.4 acres protected by an electric gate. Photo Credit: Kristine Morley/Vida Realty
    Park Life
  • Park Life

    The home is near Manuel Antonia National Park, one of the most biodiverse in the country. On display are exotic monkeys, sloths, iguanas and a whopping 184 bird species. Along the beach, you'll find dolphins and even migrating whales. But the real beach party starts at home with the Austin Powers-esque bar. Groovy! Photo Credit: Kristine Morley/Vida Realty
    The Main House
  • The Main House

    The main house has 360-degree views of the surrounding oceans and mountains, not to mention the glamorous pool that wraps around half the home. Photo Credit: Kristine Morley/Vida Realty
    The Bedroom
  • The Bedroom

    A marble staircase leads to a master bedroom suite with a jacuzzi tub directly behind the king-size bed. Can you say posh? Photo Credit: Kristine Morley/Vida Realty
    Cameron's House
  • Cameron's House

    Remember the Highland Park house in Illinois of Ferris Bueller’s uptight buddy, Cameron Fry?  Well, the iconic house is on the market for $1,650,000 (crashed Ferrari not included). Photo Credit: Meladee Hughes/ Sudler Sotheby's International Realty - Hancock Office
    The Ben Rose Home
  • The Ben Rose Home

    Cameron's house is known as the Ben Rose Home (after the noted photographer who owned it). It was designed by James Speyer and David Haid and built in 1953, just a few years after the famous Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill. Photo Credit: Meladee Hughes/ Sudler Sotheby's International Realty - Hancock Office
    Into the Woods
  • Into the Woods

    The ultraswank house is dramatically cantilevered over a ravine. It's also set on more than an acre of gorgeous wooded property. Photo Credit: Meladee Hughes/ Sudler Sotheby's International Realty - Hancock Office
    Star-Worthy Style
  • Star-Worthy Style

    Here, you'll find 5,400 square feet of living space thanks to the enormous dining room, bedrooms and living rooms. Surrounded by glass and exquisite in style, this home has Hollywood style to spare. Photo Credit:  Meladee Hughes/ Sudler Sotheby's International Realty -- Hancock Office
    Rebellious Roots
  • Rebellious Roots

    This London house overlooks the Victorian-era Highgate Cemetery. Philosopher and economist Karl Marx and punk impresario Malcolm McLaren are just two of the famous figures buried in the backyard. The windows are almost entirely frameless on the cemetery side, while the street side is a curtain wall of honed black granite, steel panels and opaque glass (for privacy). The house is listed for $7,974,450. Photo Credit: The Modern House
    See-Through Courtyard
  • See-Through Courtyard

    Inside, you'll be dazzled by 4,225 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen has a retractable skylight that transforms the space into an open-air courtyard. Photo Credit: The Modern House
    Staying Cool
  • Staying Cool

    Designed by architect Eldridge Smerin, the house replaced a 1970s structure by John Winter. The idea was to design a building with significantly lower energy consumption than the original but with a greater floor area. The home has a green sedum roof, and its temperature is moderated by its stone and glass construction. Photo Credit: The Modern House
    Glass Island
  • Glass Island

    For $13,726,110, a glass and steel home on Son Vida, Mallorca, the Mediterranean island off the coast of Spain, offers much to admire, thanks to its windowlike walls. Photo Credit: Warth & Properties/M. Richter
    Palma-ramic Views
  • Palma-ramic Views

    Secured in a gated community overlooking the city of Palma, the Bay of Palma and surrounding mountains, this home offers security and unrivaled natural beauty. Photo Credit: Warth & Properties/M. Richter
    Take the Plunge
  • Take the Plunge

    The home has six bedrooms and a separate apartment, but even more droolworthy is the large teak-decked pool with its own sauna. Photo Credit: Warth & Properties/M. Richter
    Martha's Old Crash Pad
  • Martha's Old Crash Pad

    Private homes aren’t the only way to get full exposure. Renowned architect Richard Meier has designed a number of glass-walled apartment buildings that have attracted celebrity interest. A penthouse duplex in his iconic Perry Street Towers is for sale for $13.9 million. It also just so happens to be Martha Stewart's old crash pad. Photo Credit: Mark Thomas Amadei/Sotheby’s International Realty
    From the Terrace
  • From the Terrace

    This really is life in a fishbowl: The apartment has four terraces and spectacular views of the Hudson River and Manhattan through the 11-foot, triple-glazed and UV-protected glass walls. The views also go both ways. While neighbors and traffic on the West Side Highway might be able to gaze inside, physical access is restricted by a keyed elevator. Photo Credit:  Mark Thomas Amadei/Sotheby’s International Realty
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