Situated on a hill overlooking Lake Lugano in Italy, this polygonal shaped glass house with round edges is optimized for thermal efficiency. The glass pavilion has two defined areas — mountain view and lake view. The living room, dining room and kitchen are located in the pavilion, while the bedrooms, bathrooms and garage are in the lower underground block. The use of geothermal energy, rain-water collection system and efficient low-emittance glass insulated with argon gas makes this the ultimate energy efficient home.
Los Angeles-based architect Steve Hermann is selling his “opus” — The Glass Pavilion. This contemporary 13,875-square-foot home in Montecito, California, which sits on three-and-a-half acres of land, features walls of glass, and has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, a kitchen with a wine room and an art gallery that displays the architect’s vintage car collection. The home is listed for US$35 million.