Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Latest Obsession- Philip Johnson Glass House, 1945

The Philip Johnson Glass House was a remarkable achievement when it was completed in 1949. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House (Ill.), its exterior walls are of glass with no interior walls, a radical departure from houses of the time. It began a fifty-year odyssey of architectural experimentation in forms, materials, and ideas through the addition of many new "pavilions"—Guest House, Lake Pavilion, Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, Ghost House, Studio, and Visitors Pavilion—and the methodical sculpting of the surrounding forty-acre landscape. 

Visionary Glass House in New Canaan, CT,
designed1945-49 by architect, Philip Johnson & David Whitney