Seeing Double

Buildings clad in glass are my favorite.  The sleek material can reflect its surroundings, or when treated, partially obscure the interior.  I prefer the former because glass-clad buildings allow me to see the reflections of adjacent buildings, landscaping, and on some occasions, the sky above.

On a recent visit, I saw a glass building that reflected the entire landscape onto its facade, becoming one with the plants, trees, and skyline.  But is a glass facade practical for a home?  

Remembering an earlier visit to the Glass House – a home in New Canaan, Connecticut designed by Philp Johnson – and novel at the time, I felt it far too open for my taste.

Then last week, at the Chrysler Museum, I viewed a sculpture comprised of mirrored polished steel.  It too reflected the landscape.  I thought: Why not a mirrored facade for a home?  (Obviously, the thermal dynamics of such a cladding would have to be studied but just imagine the possibilities.)

For a moment, envision a streetscape of homes featuring mirrored facades.  Each would absorb its surroundings, and disappear into the beautiful tableau.