Describing the architect's house as a "box" may be the ultimate denigrate, but Jonathan Ellis-
Miller doesn't mind if I mention his country cam County bolt hole as long as I clarify it's a stylish steel-
A well trained glass box, not a brick box with no shape. Flat-roofed, low-
There's a metal chimney on it, Ellis-
Miller House is a tribute to minimalism. And glass -
A whole wall.
Is the material it defines.
The best thing about living in a glass house, he says, is, "you get the benefit of the outside world --
It blurs the boundary between the interior and the outer space.
"The back wall is characterized by a glass band below the level of the eye (
He didn't want to see "disgusting-
Look at the "house" on the other side of the garden hedge ")
But in front of Ellis.
Miller's home is a double glazed window that provides a window to the dirt apartment and windy sky in its Fenland setting.
When he built the house in 1988 (
Less than 50,000)
He chose the site of the village of piswillo because it had a view of the Erie Cathedral.
Trees, weather and passing neighbors provide a vivid aspect of his life's exterior wallpaper.
The house benefits from abundant natural light and-
When the glass is opened
The air is filled with the smell of livestock and lavender.
One of the worst things about living in a glass house, he admits, is their transparency.
Therefore, external blinds for mechanical operation"20th-
[Century net curtain ]-
It's an integral part of Ellis.
Structure of Miller
His view has a metallic stripe, and the fact is compensated by the light and shadow bar projected on his original white wall in the West --facing, open-plan space.
But the peeps can still peek through the slats and catch a glimpse of chrome and black leather, wood fire and Hector's glow --
A Dalmatian, when the house was used as a layout for the BBC's clothing show, he recently became his fashion accessory.
In the evening, when the house becomes a glowing cube, its contents are as clearly visible as the goods in the shop window.
This is not too much of a problem in a sparsely populated backward area like the bark-thorn Willow, but moving the house up high
It's like living in a goldfish bowl.
Alternatives to glass
House residents are isolating your private life behind closed blinds. Ellis-
He said that if Miller did not live next to the road, his blinds would not be closed frequently, but, apart from some compromises, it turned out that the house was "appropriate in all respects ", suitable for the landscape and his way of life.
Will anyone else find it when Ellis-
What Miller said was
Bedroom house on the market later this month.
I don't think he can stand to sell it to anyone who might mix his design statement with the dralia sofa or, worse, the gorgeous curtains, but, whoever the buyer is, he
He designed his 25-year-old house because his designer and mentor, John Winter, told him that he would never be a suitable architect until he built his own house.
"I created an icon," he said . "
"But I no longer want my life and career to be defined by the first building I did.
"Emerging young architects often design individual projects to exercise their creativity, spark debate and attract people's attention to themselves.
Among them, the modernist left a trail of scattered but memorable transparent structures in the history of the 20 th century.
The trend of generous glazed buildings began in Europe in its 20 s, the industries of Ludwig mish van drohe, Walter Gropius and Le cobussiyePre-
War modern sports houses are characterized by glass stairwells and large windows, but full portraits
About 20 years later, the glass living space actually appeared in the United States.
In 1945, Charles and Ray Ames built a glass and steel house as part of a series of California case studies prototypes.
The "less is more" floating rectangular glass and white box of Mies van der Rohe
Edith Farnsworth's color steel, built in Illinois, appeared in 1946.
In 1949, Philip Johnson designed a 1,800 flat
A house made entirely of glass feet.
In the context of Johnson's New Canaan woodland in Connecticut, a colleague said, "it's not so much a house as a chart drawn in the air, indicating a certain amount of space. "As Ellis-
Miller's house proves that these classic glass works still affect contemporary architects, but in the UK it is difficult to find uncrowded spaces suitable for a transparent life, in fact, to win the support of planners
Especially now, building regulations pay more attention to energy conservation.
"Most of the existing glass houses are essentially quite leaking in terms of energy," said Michael wilkinton, a professor of architecture at Plymouth University . ".
Bog standard glass is highly responsive to mild changes and bad insulators, and owners of early glass houses have to pay for their wonderful views on gas bills while meeting with nature, they are discharging a lot of carbon dioxide.
John Winter, who still lives in the glass house he built in north London in 1969, believes that if he tries to build the house now, his house will not be approved by planning or subject to building regulations.
It is double glazed and sits behind a row of trees that act as a natural sun screen in hot weather, but he admits that it is not like Ellis's glass structure
Low radiation rate or low-E, glass -
Reduced heat loss
Improve the thermal efficiency of the reborn glass house.
Ten years ago, architects Vivian Fowler and Tom latitiko designed a frame light box in Putney, south London, as an example. Their self-
The built house is facing the South, using solar energy, screened out from the eyes of the spy through the walled garden environment, installed on the wood platform, more energy-efficient than many predecessors.
The house is equipped with internal and external blinds to control the loss and increase of heat.
Although the design won the Eric Lyons Memorial Award in 1992, it just barely passed the building regulations on insulation.
With the launch of Pilkington K Low-glass efficiency was further improved in 1990E glass -
Architect Michael Axford believes that when he built his U-
Like Avon's glass house.
A series of free
The design is surrounded by a bright swimming pool, and the flowing transparent space won the RIBA Regional Awards in 1995.
Axford and his wife, Julie, spoke passionately about "the quality of light and forever --
The fun of "changing shadows" and lying in bed watching the night sky, or, in fact, the rain pattering on top of the Glass House.
They admit they need sunshine.
On a bright day, glasses are placed indoors, but their energy bills are low for a house of the size.
The most recent, perhaps most famous, contemporary glass house is the glass house in Islington, north London, designed by architects, future systems for Debra Howe, Jeremy King and his family
This is not another transparent box, but a four-story sparkling glass block and aluminum sandwiched between one end of the brick stone wallof-
Georgian terrace townhouse-19century pub. The street-
The facade is made entirely of opaque glass bricks;
The rear is the inclined plane of the transparent frameless double glazing; glass fire-
The screen is the only internal partition, split-
Flooded with natural light through a glass roof
See metal stairsSolar-
Heat gain controlled manually-
Operate the vents, white fabric blinds and shadows of mature trees.
Although the interior of the House may get a little warm on the hot July S, it is unlikely that the person inside will have a seasonal emotional illness (Sad)-
Weak syndrome caused by lack of natural light
The house is currently being sold, offering a rare opportunity to invest in innovative homes
In a city protected area, there was significant agreement on the plan.
Although the house complies with the latest building regulations issued in 1995, it will soon be considered a bit old
It has style in environmental control, but like most of the latest glass houses, it will also be seen as a groundbreaking design prototype.
At the recent building solar conference in Berlin, Lord Richard Rogers announced that Glass was "material for the future", a material that is currently undergoing a technological revolution.
Some innovative new glass products have not yet emerged from the finishing laboratory, but there are already some great things in the market, and despite the high price, they open up huge possibilities --
Functionality and aesthetics
Glass House tomorrow. Except HighLow performance-
E glazed, the market has glass products that store energy, emit heat, absorb sound and watch at night without reflecting internal reflections.
Pilkington's work, Mirage, is mirrored on one side and transparent on the other, but it is fully visible when backlit --through.
Finnish Sologlass produces coated glass from low
Voltage current to prevent heat loss.
The Privolite produced by the French company Saint-Gobain is a transparent glass that will become very translucent --
Like a paper screen in Japan.
Press the switch gently.
So far, its application is limited to internal partitions, in all-
Glass compartments for men's and women's toilets in New York.
Further development could make Privolite a net curtain for the 21st century, a major component of the embryonic glass house designed by architect Alford Hall Monaghan Mor
Ris for the British New Construction Exhibition.
According to the companion's text, tone-
A house with a roof, transparent living in a room "liberates the room from imprisonment and saves the garden from a weak accessory state.
"As a computer image, it doesn't look very convincing, but then the technology was developed to adapt to the idea of being a structural reality.
The architects are waiting for the right customers.
Tim McFarlane, structural engineer
His colleague called him Mr. Glass"
Committed to the development of indoor housing, he claimed that the technology exists to build a fullGlass Cathedral
He has been involved in the construction of the use of solid glass beams and columns, and is experimenting with a material called McKees streaming glass windows that can not only reduce heat loss, but also prevent the House from becoming
They get the house without limiting the day.
Professor Michael Wiggington, who is working with Pilkington to build a concept Glass House, intends to become a "classic work ".
Still on the drawing board, it is called a diode and will have a double
State-owned glass roofof-the-art Low-
Glass and electronic insulated blinds that automatically respond to temperature changes.
"It will be like a lovely flower that closes at night and the sun will open as soon as it shines," he said . ".
The diode is designed to take advantage of the energy provided by ordinary British daylight, not heat from the sun.
"Our goal is to use greenhouse gases to our advantage," he said . "
"But we won't know if it really works until the design is complete.
"The potential of glass is not limited to unconventional crystal palaces and machines --
The modernist box where architects live.
Estate agent Ian Lange recently built a timber-
Framed House in Devon, looking like a medieval barn, with clear low panels embedded in oak woodE glass.
Another traditional house with glass faces will be on display at the ideal family exhibition, which opens this week (13 March -6 April).
The Pilkington K glass house at the exhibition was not designed by an architect, but by Charles Frost, designer of the School of Social Music (
After all, Crystal Palace celebrity Joseph Parkston is the gardener of the Duke of Devon)
And start offering "what ordinary people can aspire "-
That is, if they can afford 175,000.
A performance house that looks annoying-period -
According to Frost, "almost Tudor"
Mainly brick and wood but doubleheight all-
The glass structure is attached to the south side.
It won't win any design awards, but it shows
Glass living spaces help reduce heating costs and create "happier, healthier homes ".
This is not the first time that the Ideal Home Show has shown the Glass House.
The last one, sponsored by the Federation of glass manufacturers, was designed by a student at Liverpool Institute of Architecture.
It is built with a recessed glass brick with a wired glass front door, a glowing glass and steel staircase, glass mosaic floor, mirrored wall, sandblasting glass fire
Surround and clear gas water
Heater made of armorplate glass.
It was in 1938.
Good ideas take a long time to see the light. Jonathan Ellis-
Cam County house for sale in Miller (
Through the brilliant Pavilion (0181 348 1234).
The agent for Islington glass house is Winkworth (0171 354 2480)
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