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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade
Posted By Ana Lisa On May 15, 2013 @ 3:00 pm In Architecture,Botanical,Daylighting,Design,energy efficiency,Environment | No Comments
The Optical Glass House in Japan takes its name from its unique translucent façade, which shields the home's tranquil courtyard from the surrounding urban environment. Designed by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd., this single-family home in downtown Hiroshima features a gorgeous secluded patio with a garden and pool, all hidden behind the bricked-glass wall. The translucent wall filters sunlight and provides some privacy, while protecting the house from the noisy street.
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.
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Photos by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd 
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 Optical Glass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_glass_(optics)
 Hiroshima: http://inhabitat.com/japanese-takaya-house-features-a-natural-floor-made-from-tamped-earth/
 borosilicate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borosilicate
 + Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd: http://www.nakam.info/
 Archilovers: http://www.archilovers.com/p74661/Optical-Glass-House
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