A Transparent House II


Conceived as a home suspended between water and sky, the structure takes maximum advantage of the site’s natural beauty.

The design was driven by three main factors:

  • The owner, an art lover, desired to live in an environment full of light and openness

  • The site at the end of a barrier island suggested a curved design

  • The beautiful climate called for full height glass, a pool deck, and open and covered terraces


Designed to resist hurricanes, projectiles and flood tide, the house rises 12 feet above the ground, and is positioned to take advantage of the spectacular views. The two-level house and small guest-house sit lightly on metal sprouts inspired by the native dune grasses, while glazing, shading, and sunscreens combine with advanced geothermal cooling and heating systems to create a high-performing structure.



AIA Chicago Special Recognition Award 
AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award

National Building Award for Innovative Structural Steel - American Institute of Steel Construction

Photography: William Zbaren


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