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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade
Posted By Ana Lisa Alperovich On May 15, 2013 @ 3:00 pm In Architecture,Botanical,Daylighting,energy efficiency | No Comments
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.
Via Archilovers 
Photos by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd 
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URLs in this post:
 Japan: http://inhabitat.com/uid-architects-nest-house-is-an-eco-friendly-retreat-for-three-women-in-a-japanese-forest/
 Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd: http://www.nakam.info/
 Hiroshima: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshima
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=512612
 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
 Archilovers: http://www.archilovers.com/p74661/Optical-Glass-House
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