Don't you ever wonder what the inside of that modern-looking house on your block looks like? Do you ever try to sneak a peek through their parlor windows when you walk by? Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura has made this design voyeurism possible -- and less creepy -- with his beautiful Optical Glass House. This abode along a busy street in Hiroshima is mostly hidden but boasts an incredible glass-encased garden along the facade. The garden is surrounded by 6,000 glass bricks, strung together with cable wires to create a glossy curtain. The glass is not entirely transparent, which creates an amazing mosaic effect for those attempting to look into the space.
The inside of the home enjoys this garden as an integral piece of a main living room. The inhabitants can also see an abstract version of the street outside while enjoying their privacy. The glass is sound-proof, so the city streets don't bother the residents. However, light and air can pass through the glass, creating unique experiences with each day and season.
[via spoon tamago]
Photos: courtesy of Hiroshi Nakamura