DESIGN LEADER: ALEX PENNA
LOCATION: FORT LAUDERDALE, BARCELONA DR, FLORIDA
PROJECT AREA: 3,700 SF
NUMBER OF STORIES: 1
ALL-GLASS HOUSE TO BE BUILT IN FORT LAUDERDALE’S POSH LAS OLAS ISLES NEIGHBORHOOD
The view within this home will be — everything.
A developer is ready to begin construction of an all glass house in Fort Lauderdale’s posh Las Olas Isles neighborhood.
Designed by Fort Lauderdale architecture firm Rex Nichols Architects, the home will feature an open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling, unobstructed views of the back garden. A wrap-around, L- shaped pool, Jacuzzi and waterfall will be accessible through exposed sliding glass doors at the back of the home.
The last house at the site, at 2309 Barcelona Drive, has been demolished, and the new home is expected to start rising in September. Once completed in 2019, the 4,000-square-foot home could be listed for $5 million.
“The walls are literally all glass,” said architect Rex Nichols. That includes all living areas such as the master suite, library and the bathrooms. What about privacy? The pool will wrap around the master bedroom and bathroom, and the landscaping will be a buffer. Landscaping and an “art wall” near the master bathroom is also intended to keep neighbors’ eyes out, Nichols said.
“The house opens up — the outdoors becomes part of the interior,” said Nichols, who is working with lead designer Alex Penna.
In a press release, Penna says the Glass House inspiration came from adding a contemporary aesthetic to a similar steel and glass house modern design by architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, who constructed a steel-and-glass house in Illinois. Built between 1945-51, the home was later designated as a national historic landmark.
The contemporary Glass House not only tries to stay away from the mid-century modern design of pure functionalism and simple forms, by giving emphasis to the building aesthetic towards a sculptural design, but it also incorporates green design with LEED home standards.
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In 2018 Fort Lauderdale architect Rex Nichols Architects listed in the top architecture firms in the US.