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ALL-GLASS MODERN HOME TO BE BUILT IN FORT LAUDERDALE’S POSH LAS OLAS ISLES NEIGHBORHOOD BY MIAMI RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT
 
We should acknowledge that it was one of the best American architects, Mies van der Rohe, the architect who designed the 1st Glass House. Due to litigation, Ms Farnsworth did not allow Mies to name her home as the Glass House, but the follower Philip Johnson did. You can imagine how Mies van der Rohe felt when he saw Philip Johnson naming his design as the 1st Glass House.
 
Fort Lauderdale architects, Rex Nichols Architect (RNA) designed a contemporary version of the modern house"the Glass House" (named Farnsworth House) designed by Mies van der Rohe.
 
The view within this home will be — everything. A developer is ready to begin construction of an all-glass house in Fort Lauderdale’s posh Las Olas Isles neighborhood. The modern home will feature an open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling, unobstructed views of the back garden. A wrap-around, L- shaped pool, Jacuzzi and waterfall will be accessible through exposed sliding glass doors at the back of the home.
 
Jeff Hendricks Developers Inc. will construct the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom residence in Fort Lauderdale. It “absolutely” will have hurricane-impact glass, said Jeff Hendricks, president of the South Florida development firm. “Every home has its own identity,” he said. “It’s where art meets architecture, where it becomes one.” Hendricks said “contemporary homes are evolving.” The key is be “creative with new design, work with the top architecture firms in the US, and be innovative with new luxury homes.”
 
by Lisa J. Huriash Contact Reporter Sun Sentinel
 
According to the press release, the contemporary architects RNA estimate that “the Glass House” will cost about $5 million once its completed mid-2019. Located less than an hour outside of Miami-Dade County, the house is within two miles from Fort Lauderdale beach.
 
In a press release, included in the top Miami architects, the design leader of RNA for contemporary architecture, Alex Penna says the home’s inspiration came from adding a contemporary aesthetic to a similar steel and glass house constructed in 1945 by architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. Penna also says he’s influenced by Deconstruction - the school of philosophy initiated by Jacques Derrida and the psychoanalytic approach of Jacques Lacan. The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom, property will be an open-concept space with floor to ceiling unobstructed views of a private back garden. An open plan kitchen, dining room, and great room create the ideal atmosphere for entertaining, while still obtaining a family living appeal. A spacious office with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in the front of the home offers a serene and sweeping space.
 
The abode will also include a wrap-around pool and Jacuzzi, complete with an infinity waterfall, that’s accessible through exposed sliding glass doors. What really distinguishes “the Glass House” from modernist architects is the fact that the design is not primarily set for function, but it is also to create a building design that can be seen as a sculpture. The contemporary Glass House not only tries to stay away from the pure functionalism and simple forms of Mid-Century architecture, by giving emphasis to the building aesthetic towards a sculptural design, but it also incorporates sustainability design with LEED standards.
 
web link - 3D walk-through video of RNA Glass House.
 
Penna, the architect firm’s design leader who holds a grandfathered LEED AP® accreditation, is thrilled to be building Fort Lauderdale’s first glass house by LEED standards, notes a press release. LEED AP accreditation is through the U.S. Green Building Council, a private, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction, and operation. In an exclusive interview with Curbed Miami, Penna explained that even though the project owner didn’t request a LEED certified home, his RNA team built it with LEED’s sustainability principles.
 
For Penna’s version of the “Glass House,” he focused on three LEED standards —energy-efficiency design, innovation in design, and recycled materials which, for all intended purposes, makes for a green design home.
 
“Because the project location is in Florida, we [were] inspired by Miami architects that use as a concept energy-efficiency design, providing shading, daylight-efficiency, and cross ventilation,” Penna says. For example, Penna and company used high-end daylight and sunlight computer simulator software to create a canopy that blocks direct sunlight at noon and during the summer to reach the interior of the home. There’s more innovation.
 
For instance, in the living room, a sun-shelf redirects year-long direct sunlight beams that passes through the skylight to become a source of natural light to illuminate the space, Penna says.“The redirection of the sunlight will enhance daylight levels, distribution and quantity,” Penna says. “This is a great way to save money on electricity for the entire year.”
 
The home also uses composite wood (a form of recycled wood with thermoplastic components), high energy-efficiency heating pumps, roof icynene insulation from renewable materials, and insulated low-e glass.
 
By Carla St. Louis Reporter Curbed Miami
 
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