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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

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The Optical Glass [2] House sits among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima [3]. Its glazed façade was hand-made made from 6,000 high-transparency glass blocks that are from borosilicate [4], a raw material commonly used for optical glass. The sunlight [3] 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 [5]

Via Archilovers [6]

Photos by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd [5]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=512612

[2] Optical Glass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_glass_(optics)

[3] Hiroshima: http://inhabitat.com/japanese-takaya-house-features-a-natural-floor-made-from-tamped-earth/

[4] borosilicate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borosilicate

[5] + Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd: http://www.nakam.info/

[6] Archilovers: http://www.archilovers.com/p74661/Optical-Glass-House

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