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The optical glass house is designed by Hiroshi Nakamura and sited among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima. To obtain privacy and tranquility in these surroundings, a garden and optical glass façade was placed on the street side of the house. The garden is visible from all rooms, and the serene soundless scenery of the passing cars and trams imparts richness to life in the house. Sunlight from the east, refracting through the glass, creates beautiful light patterns. Rain striking the water-basin skylight manifests water patterns on the entrance floor. Filtered light through the garden trees flickers on the living room floor. Although located downtown in a city, the house enables residents to enjoy the changing light and city moods, as the day passes, and live in awareness of the changing seasons.

Take a look at the house in the picture gallery above.

Words by Georgia Reeve