The Optical Glass House sits among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima. Its glazed façade was hand-made made from 6,000 high-transparency glass blocks that are from borosilicate, a raw material commonly used for optical glass. The sunlight coming from the east refracts through the glass façade and through a super lightweight metal curtain and sliding doors.
Visible from all rooms, the garden offers inhabitants a serene space that is protected from the cars’ noise and pollution. The interiors are open, airy and uncluttered, with small objects hidden behind a floor-to-ceiling wooden cupboard that functions as a dividing wall.
Photos by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd