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The Glass Pavilion House - Montecito, California





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Current Market  Estimate $65 Million  -  Market Price in 2010 $35 million

Just looking at photos of self-taught architect-to-the-stars Steve Hermann’s glassy 14,000-square-foot  ultramodern manse in Montecito leaves us speechless. As does the fact that the five-bedroom home includes an art gallery-cum-32-car garage. That said, we’ll let the Glass Pavilion website do most of the talking: “An almost entirely glass home, it allows the occupants to be comfortably inside while completely enveloped within nature. As you drive down the long gated driveway, it slowly comes into view. You are immediately confronted by a large all glass home, floating above gently rolling lawns. The sight of it is awe-inspiring.” So awe-inspired that you want the Glass Pavilion all to yourself? Described by L.A.-based Hermann himself as his “opus,” the Farnsworth House-inspired home that took six years to complete hit the market in 2010.

This house features 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 Glass Pavilion is a redefining structure within modernism.  It is a benchmark building that sets the bar as to what modernism is and can be.  Throughout the last century there has been a few great buildings that defined modernism and inspired a generation to imagine what is possible not only within architecture but as a society as a whole.  Mies Van Der Roh’s Barcelona Pavilion and Farnsworth house, as well as Phillip Johnson’s glass house were these type of defining structures.  Now, Steve Hermann’s Glass Pavilion takes the architectural tenants of these greats and catapults these concepts into the new millennium.

 
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