Glass Houses

The Australian climate and its inhabitant’s lust for outdoor living, means glass is prominent in many homes, both as an architectural feature and design feature. The desire to make the most of the daylight, admire the view and in some cases show off the interior make glass a very popular choice in Australian homes.

If you’re designing a private house in a public street, the last material you might think to use is glass. However it’s a wonderful material with great potential. It creates light and space and air and it’s become the signature of Ed Lippmann’s architecture.

With the Butterfly house, the client’s brief stipulated that they wanted no straight lines. So the house was developed into a very sculptural form and the curved glass made the house become an iconic piece of architecture.

If glass is used properly, and one understands the environment properly, the movement of the sun, the orientation of the walls, one can gain solar penetration in winter for warmth and light, yet keep the sun out in summer.

And if you do need a bit of privacy in your fish bowl house, there are choices for your glass walls, double glazing for sound, blinds or opaque treatments to block out prying eyes. However for the exhibitionists out there, glass is best in its natural state – clear and transparent.

Lippmann Associates
570 Crown St
Surry Hills 2010
02 9318 0844

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