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  7. C-Glass House / Deegan Day Design

C-Glass House / Deegan Day Design

  • 12:00 - 12 September, 2016
C-Glass House / Deegan Day Design
© Taiyo Watanabe
© Taiyo Watanabe

© Taiyo Watanabe © Taiyo Watanabe © Taiyo Watanabe © Taiyo Watanabe + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dillon Beach, United States
  • Design Team

    Joe Day, Taiyo Watanabe ,Yo Oshima, Noel Williams, Sonali Patel, Mark Lyons, Bonnie Solmssen, Felicia Martin, Garo Hachigian
  • Area

    2100.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Executive Architect

    Dave Maynard Architecture
  • Structural Engineer

    Gordon Polon
  • Project Engineer

    Greg Marin
  • Construction Team

    Morita Construction
  • General Contractor

    Ken Morita, Matt Curley
  • Grading and Septic

    Furlong Brothers, Kevin Furlong
  • Structural Steel

    Banks Welding, Doug Banks
  • Roofing

    Henris Roofing, Steve Henris
  • Plumbing

    Scott's Plumbing, Basil Scott
  • Radiant Heat

    Warm Zone
  • Electrical

    Sherlock Electric, Tom Sherlock
  • Drywall

    Tsarnas Drywall, John Tsarnas
  • Shower Doors Arch's Glass

    Rick Stewart
  • Painting

    DeCarli Painting, Rich DeCarli
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Taiyo Watanabe
© Taiyo Watanabe

Text description provided by the architects. Set on a remote site with sweeping coastal views, C-Glass House poses an abstract counterpoint to its daunting natural surroundings. Designed for a client who once helped Phillip Johnson mount a Mies van der Rohe retrospective at MoMA, the project is an exercise in high-performance transparency - a home of maximal exposure with minimal environmental impact.

© Taiyo Watanabe
© Taiyo Watanabe
Plan 1
Plan 1
© Taiyo Watanabe
© Taiyo Watanabe

The C-Glass House is a 2100sf retreat in northern California. Set on a spectacular but periodically wind-swept site, the C-Glass House opens to a panoramic view of Tomales Bay and the open ocean, while bracing against winds that approach 100mph from multiple directions. 


The design engages not only Philip Johnson’s Glass House and the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe (the client helped translate texts for Mies’ 1972 retrospective at MoMA), but also the California legacies of Elwood, Koenig and others. In contrast to earlier ‘vitrines in a garden,’ west coast glass houses bias towards the environment, employing tactics of framing, cantilever and directional enclosure to heighten, as well as quantify, the beauty of their surroundings. C-Glass House brokers between the Leica-like precision of high modern glass houses and the cinematic wideframe of the Case Study generation. 

© Taiyo Watanabe
© Taiyo Watanabe

Though its architectural lineage is self-evident, this glass house is as indebted to artists’ explorations of glazed enclosures as it is to the precedents of Johnson and Mies. Larry Bell’s elevated cubes and Dan Graham’s many pavilions capitalize more on the reflective and refractive ambiguities of the medium than its transparency, as do mirrored works by Gerhard Richter and the aquarium-like cages of Damien Hirst.  The C-Glass House bridged between these ambitions in a new way, opening up to a panoramic vista but also modulating and reflecting back on architecture’s evolving role in the American landscape. 

Cite: "C-Glass House / Deegan Day Design" 12 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
© Taiyo Watanabe

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