People who live in glass houses

Well, you can now do that in Japan.

I have two questions.

1. Where’s the bathroom?

2. Don’t you need a lot of Windex?

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  1. IntoTheWest says:


    I live in something almost that transparent, lol. We have floor-to-ceiling glass “walls” of windows wrapping around our living room, and along two sides of the master bedroom, and along one wall of the guest bedroom. Neither bathroom is on an exterior wall, though. The master bath shower is a standing glass floor-to-ceiling cube, though.

    Yes. You need a lot of Windex. A lot. Plus you have guys hanging on scaffolding a few times a year cleaning the outside.

    I love the openness, love the natural light, love that the hawk that has taken up residence on a ledge along the building across the street flies by at eye level every now and then, love the seagulls and the ravens and the smaller birds that fly by. Love the urban views with old, art deco buildings and shiny new steel and glass towers standing shoulder to shoulder. Love the constant motion below.

    It’s open, but it never feels naked in any way.

  2. Midwestlady says:

    Looks hot, hard to heat, and it better have a dermatologist on call. Ouch.

  3. justamouse says:

    No. Talk about living in a fishbowl. It’s one thing to live like that int he woods, it’s another thing entirely to live like that in the city.

  4. That’s alright for Japan but here in the US it’s an invitation to criminals.

  5. Interesting. It appears to me that a sense of individual privacy is achieved by the use of multiple levels–sort of mini-floors. On the small city lot where I used to live, I found that even a small elevation from street level created a sense of privacy that is missing when the yard is at the same level as the sidewalk.

  6. IntoTheWest says:

    Yes, it’s off-putting to have a street-level house that transparent, but it’s pretty awesome to have unlimited views like that when you live high above the city streets. Most modern condo towers are multiple-use and the ground level spaces are designed for commercial/retail use. The residents live above street level and aren’t exposed to passers-by.

    Modern framing and glazing are infinitely more efficient than old wooden framing and single-pane glazing. Add to that the fact we’re a new building, built to meet the latest earthquake-resistant requirements, and the windows maintain a pretty consistent climate year round (and year round in SF is pretty temperate anyway). Glass itself filters out some UV rays, and our windows are treated so that all UV rays are filtered out. No “dermatologist on call” required, lol! How silly. It’s 2012.

    Our utility bill is about $60/mo., and we just got a $600 credit award for almost never using gas (why cook when you can walk to so many good restaurants?), so we’ll be living utility-bill-free for about a year now.

    Bonus: the amazing view we had of the eclipse last night, and the “Super-moon” a few weeks ago. Plus waking up to the sun rising over the bay every morning, and the Bay Bridge lit up at night. I couldn’t live any other way now.

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