Transparent Façade Makes Interior Garden Visible to Pedestrians in Hiroshima

The latest architectural marvel from Japan has been dubbed the Optical Glass House which is the brain child of the renowned Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura. The Japanese architects have always been innovative in order to achieve the maximum out of the real estate as it is a premium commodity. The land mass in Japan is limited and it is generally economically unviable to provide extra urban space for private gardens. As a result the architects have gone to the roof to create a green space which not only adds to the beauty of the house but helps create a healthy environment.

The Transparent Façade is Made Out of 6,000 Soundproof Acrylic Blocks

The Optical Glass House is a 330 square meter building located on a busy street in downtown Hiroshima. The unique feature of the building is its glass façade which is made out of 6,000 clear, soundproof acrylic blocks. These transparent blocks have been tied together like a string of pearls by stainless steel wire. The glass wall allows light and air in which is necessary for any vegetation to flourish but cuts out the din created by the traffic. The best aspect of the glass wall is that it provides the pedestrians a mosaic view of the garden and adds a green touch to the busy downtown area of the city.

Garden behind the Glass Facade

The Building is Situated on a Wide and Busy Street in Hiroshima

Any architect is excited by the possibility of incorporating transparent elements to their design. The challenge however is to achieve a balance between privacy and openness. Hiroshi Nakamura has a history of working on glass houses. He was an understudy of renowned architect Kengo Kuma when he had created the design of a Water/Glass House. Nakamura has taken inspiration from the original design but reinvented the concept for his new design. The building situated on a wide and busy street in Hiroshima was completed in 2012. It has changed the landscape of the area completely and the lush garden has provided much needed lungs to the busy area.

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