Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Glass Pavilion

Los Angeles designer and property developer (but not, interestingly, architect) Steve Hermann created The Glass Pavilion in Montecito, California. With the work of Mies van der Rohe as an obvious inspiration (it can be taken as an homage to The Farnsworth House and the much earlier Barcelona Pavilion), The Glass Pavilion is a stunning modern masterpiece of white concrete, marble, and glass--mostly glass--perched among 3.5 acres of rolling hills surrounded by oak groves. The amount of glass allows the occupants an eerily seamless and immediate relationship with the outdoors. The house is 15,000 square feet with the lower level containing a cavernous "art gallery" where Hermann's vintage car collection is currently housed. Of particular--and peculiar--interest is the bathroom located at the front of the house; mercifully, only the tub and double shower are visible. One hopes the property is fenced and gated!

The Glass Pavilion is currently selling fro $35 million. The house has a website; visit for even more stunning views.

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