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February 19, 2016
Whether its Mies van der Rohe or Philip Johnson, early modern architecture's enthusiastic use of glass has left a clear mark on today's homes.
Glass pavilion atop the Paley House by DYAR Architects and John Thodos in Carmel, California

Hovering above its flat-roofed midcentury original, this transparent addition in Carmel, California, was designed for two renowned artists. Project architect Eridk Dyar, speaking of home's principal designer John Thodos, FAIA, says “[Thodos] framed the pavilion in a steel structure in a subtle nod to the preferred medium of the client’s sculptural work. He resolved challenges of detailing and scale with an eye to enhancing the floating quality of the space, as experienced both by its occupants and passersby.”

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Originally appeared in A Glass Pavilion With Stunning Panoramic Views Tops This California Home
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Modern prefab shed in Finland

Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth collaborated on this glassy prefab shed-meets-sleeping-cabin, which can be assembled with little else than a screwdriver. Bergroth, inspired by nomadic yurt-dwellers, wanted an indoor/outdoor experience for her property in Finland.

 

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Modern Los Angeles renovation by Don Dimster with glass box and stairs to the roof deck

Architect Don Dimster integrated this new roof deck and custom furnishings into Chris and Marjorie Rice’s 1960s Buff, Straub and Hensman home in Los Angeles. New two-story-tall beams support the weight of the glass box topping the stair. “We were missing a grand outdoor space—that’s where the roof deck comes into play,” Dimster says. 

 

 

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Dramatic curving glass second floor addition.

Carefully working with the community and two architecture firms, a family of three restored this historic 1939 Art Moderne home and added a glass second floor. The dramatic curving glass of the second floor addition quickly recalls the original first floor's rounded edge; streamlined curves such as these are a defining characteristic of Art Moderne architecture. PPG IdeaScapes supplied the curved glass itself.

 

 

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Modern see-through living room with sliding glass doors

These two linked 1,000-square-foot pavilions in Sonoma are greater than a sum of their parts. “Creating efficient space is valuable, but for us, rooms that offer visual and spatial continuity with nature are also important,” architect Julie Dowling explains. “When the sliding doors are open, the living room and kitchen double in size.”

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Glass pavilion atop the Paley House by DYAR Architects and John Thodos in Carmel, California

Hovering above its flat-roofed midcentury original, this transparent addition in Carmel, California, was designed for two renowned artists. Project architect Eridk Dyar, speaking of home's principal designer John Thodos, FAIA, says “[Thodos] framed the pavilion in a steel structure in a subtle nod to the preferred medium of the client’s sculptural work. He resolved challenges of detailing and scale with an eye to enhancing the floating quality of the space, as experienced both by its occupants and passersby.”

Photo by Patrick Tregenza.

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