Midcentury designer Jens Risom's A-framed prefab family retreat on Block island is bordered by a low stone wall, an aesthetic element that appears throughout the land. In spring of 2012, Block Island contractor John Spier replaced the entire north-facing facade with a wall of glass panels.
In renovating a 19th-century homestead in Upstate New York, homeowner Tom Givone had two bays removed and erected a new wing, similar in proportion to the original gabled structure but finished with a transparent portal of 22-foot-tall skyscraper glass—the ne plus ultra of the picture window.
A glass-walled living room defines the Guilford, Connecticut cottage belonging to residents Suzanne and Brooks Kelley. An array of classic items paired with minimalist contemporary pieces furnish the room, all in a soothing mix of neutral hues.
A dramatic ceiling defines the interior of this inventive Tasmanian abode with maximized views of the landscape. Natural wool blend carpets help delineate boundaries in the open-plan space while softening the industrial appearance of the polished concrete floor in the kitchen, bathrooms, and entryway.
In the master bathroom of this weekend retreat near Lake Tahoe, a matte Ove tub from Wetstyle provides a favorite escape. The angle of the custom window, designed with a minimal frame to maximize the view, mimics the roofline.
The glass curtain-wall system that surrounds this beachfront getaway on Oregon's rugged coast took nearly a year to realize. It was painstakingly designed and tested so it would hold up to punishing winds off the Pacific Ocean that can reach 120 mph. Here, a wood-burning stove by Euroflues hangs suspended from the living room ceiling.
A cluster of pavilions comprise this family retreat that abuts a rocky cliff in Herfell, Norway. The central cabin with a glass facade provides communal living spaces, while the two cabins that flank it are used as private sleeping quarters.
Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth collaborated on this glass 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.
In Hackney, East London, Cousins & Cousins Architects transformed a Victorian home, crafting an addition that is both inconspicuous and transformative. The extension, which houses a dining room on its first floor and a bedroom on its second, was built using bricks and windows repurposed from an earlier demolition. On the lower level, floor-to-ceiling glass walls open up the dining area to the garden, and plenty of natural sunlight.
São Paulo architect Isay Weinfeld's Casa Deck offers cinematic vistas, a lush garden, and a retreat from Brazil's largest city. Long curtains conceal its floor-to-ceiling windows for moments for privacy.