The Glass Pavilion is a redefining structure within modernism. It is a benchmark building that sets the bar as to what modernism is and can be. Throughout the last century there have been a few great buildings that defined modernism and inspired a generation to imagine what is possible not only within architecture but as a society as a whole. Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion and Farnsworth house, as well as Philip Johnson's Glass House were these type of defining structures. Now, Steve Hermann's Glass Pavilion takes the architectural tenets of these greats and catapults these concepts into the new millennium.
Set within a 5.5-acre estate of oak groves in Montecito and boasting 13,875 sq. ft. under roof, this home is impressive beyond words. An almost entirely glass home it allows the occupants lobe comfortably inside while completely enveloped within nature. As you drive down the long gated driveway, it slowly comes into view. You are immediately confronted with a large all glass home, floating above gently rolling lawns. The site of it is awe-inspiring.
Through the use of massive structural steel beams, the home is able to appear weightless as it hovers above an expansive lawn. No expense has been spared during the six years that it took to complete this groundbreaking structure. All of the large glass panels are Star Fire glass, an incredibly clear glass usually reserved for jewellery displays. Its kitchen and baths are by such famous names as Varenna, Poliform and Antonio Lupi. In each category the best and most exciting products from around the world were sourced to make this home flawless in each category. The glass pavilion includes an art gallery where the owner currently displays his vintage car collection. The space is so generous that it is capable of holding up to 32 cars within its walnut lined walls.
This is a world home with possibly no equal. The combination of architectural groundbreaking style and extreme detail in finish quality make it a home without compare. It is the pinnacle of architecture for this generation and will define the era in which it was built.
|Name||The Glass Pavilion|
|Type||Ultra Modern Minimalistic|
|Price||$19,995,000 USD - (February 5, 2012)|
|Sold||$12,900,500 USD - (October 30, 2013)|
|Size||13,875 sq. ft. (1,289.02 m²)|
|Lot||152,460 sq. ft. (14,163.88 m²)|
|Land||3.50 acres (1.42 hectares)|
|Address||780 Ashley Rd, Montecito, CA 93108|
|Country||United States of America|
|Architect||Steve Hermann Design|
|Photography||William MacCollum and Jim Bartsch|