I See You: Living in a Transparent House
Well, we’ve all seen homes that have beautiful floor to ceiling windows providing a stunning view of the outside world. Well, what if you could get a view from everywhere you look. One home in Japan is completely made of windows.
Everyone knows the popular Alfred Hitchcock movie “Rear Window” where James Stewart’s character, who is confined to a wheelchair, uses a pair of binoculars to spy on neighbors in order to pass the time. Then, during the film, Stewart’s character, watching this married couple thinks that the husband has murdered the wife. However, through a series of misfortunes, it is not realized until the end that the guy actually did murder his wife (sorry if I gave it away!). But if the guy had been living in a completely transparent house, Stewart’s character would have seen the whole thing…but then there would have been no movie (and it is one of my favorite Hitchcock films of all time).
This modern single family home in a small neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan has floor to ceiling glass windows all around the house. Designed by Sou Fujimoto architects, this extremely unique home has a very strong metal frame along with wooden furniture, movable staircases, and even an integrated parking space in a glass garage. At night, the glass walls can be covered using curtains.
Here is a video:
It definitely brings new meaning to the popular phrase “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” It also makes you wonder how much Windex a family must go through. I know my mom would constantly be screaming not to leave fingerprints on the “walls.” Hmmm….