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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

by , 05/15/13


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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.

+ Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd

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Photos by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd

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