As I uploaded my pictures of Philip Johnson’s perfectly pure Glass House, I couldn’t help but marvel how one could live so simply, with so few things. Me with my books and collections and clothes! While the structure and its communion with nature is just so beautiful and serene, I know I couldn’t live there.
Philip Johnson built the Glass House in 1949 and he resided in the weekend retreat for 58 years. In later years he used it for entertaining. A party venue. I am so down with that. Imagine how cool it would be to host guests there!
Johnson was inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House–he pays homage to Mies in his furniture selection for the home.
The home’s sole painting—a landscape by Nicolas Poussin (circa 1648) serves as a model for the divine landscape outside the structure. This is intentional. Johnson designed the landscape surrounding the Glass House to resemble the painting.
For once, I am speechless, save one word. Flawless.
All photos of the Glass House and surrounding landscape by Lynn Byrne. Photo of the Farnsworth House by gm+ad architects found here.