Ever because I can bear in mind I have been a huge fan of Japanese design in different forms. The Optical Glass Property has actually gone beyond my initial expectations of the project. I understood that the home was located on a very busy and subsequently noisy street and element of the purpose was to develop an interior space that was shielded from external noise, but I guess I didn’t feel it was actually achievable to create such a tranquil and quiet residence. This design and style comes from the extremely gifted Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects based in Hiroshima, Japan. To really appreciate this design and style, after viewing this write-up and pictures, I extremely recommend that your watch the short film linked from the designer’s web site at the bottom of this page. As you can see in this 1st picture, there is very a large tree growing inside the block glass portion of the structure. The Optical Glass House really does take indoor outside living to an totally new level. Despite the fact that with this design and style the outdoor components are really placed inside the home.
You would surely not anticipate to find such a serene and modern dream home situated on a busy street in downtown Hiroshima, Japan, but with no query the Optical Glass House is amazing. Let’s face it, our globe is becoming far more and a lot more crowded on a daily basis and the demand for more styles like this 1 will definitely rise as effectively. This dream property incorporates organic components, such as trees, inside its interior glass block structure. This glass block wall also acts as an virtually complete acoustic barrier to the sounds from the street just outside whilst nevertheless maintaining the view of the busy city streets. The glass wall faces the East and acts as a sort of green home for the vegetation planted therein. The vegetation filters the incoming light by way of the cascading wall of glass and provided protection for the interior dwelling spaces.
The glass wall is about 28 feet tall and created from 6000 glass blocks every single measuring practically 2 inches (50 mm) tall by 2 inches thick for a total weight of 13 tons. Due to the height and weight of the wall, these glass masonry units do not have the required structural integrity to assistance themselves. They have subsequently been reinforced by threading 75 vertically positioned metal bolts via the glass blocks. These bolts have been suspended from a steel beam with an upward camber that was later encased in concrete. There had been also horizontally embedded metal bars placed at 10 cm increments inside glass masonry wall. This additional metal structural framework is not only gives the needed structural integrity and maintains best alignment of the glass blocks, but it is also invisible. This structural method allows for the wall to appear as perfectly cascading waterfall of light that is cast throughout the interior of the home.
Optical Glass House Film
Photography © koji fujii / nacasa & partners and courtesy of Hiroshi Nakamura
Project Title: Optical Glass Residence
Function: Residential, Attached Single Family House
Architectual Design and style: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co., Ltd.
Structural Style: Yasushi Moribe
Contractor: Imai Corporation
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Site Region: 2623 sqft (243.73 m2)
total floor area : 330sqm (330 m2)
Completed : 2012
Primary Structural Element: Reinforced Concrete