As the new year starts, we are resuming our designs on a new addition to a house we have worked on over the last 13 years. The client wants a contemporary “pavilion” added to the back of their traditional house. There are many wonderful inspirational projects that we are looking at, but the classic example of simple, clean lines, is of course, Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut.
Tours of the house are available through The Philip Johnson Glass House, a National Trust Historic Site.
To get a better sense of the building, join Paul Goldberger, the architecture critic for The New Yorker, as he tours the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Goldberger is the author of several books, including Why Architecture Matters (Yale University Press, 2009).
The only thing that we would take issue with is when Goldberger credits Johnson with mentoring so many young architects, he left off the adjective “male”. Johnson only supported the men…it was an old boys club. However, this video does show the glass house and the sculpture gallery with people on tour, and it gives it scale in a way that just pictures of the house don’t convey.
See more video conversations and tours From the National Trust for Historic Preservation and The Philip Johnson Glass House