a blog with cultural bulimia.

Monday, October 27, 2003


"Living in a glass house may seem like a radical notion, but to stand inside one, looking out, is a wonderful way to glimpse the limits of the way we assume we must live."

"The real puzzle of the Farnsworth House is that a structure so severe, so machinelike in its intensity, could be so frankly and wholly committed to nature. Everyone supposes, naturally, that living in a glass house means worrying about the outside looking in, and perhaps that is so over a run of weeks and months. But to walk through the house — to imagine living in it — is to indulge in looking out, in seeing all the ways the woods and the river and the lawn to the north frame the living spaces. It is hard to explain how floor-to-ceiling glass walls could increase the intimacy of nature itself, but that is exactly what they do. The house hovers on its steel piers five feet above the ground, just high enough to isolate you from the roll of the earth. The wooded canopy seems to reach down and brush the glass walls like a constantly shifting Japanese print.
NYTimes Op-Ed: "An Afternoon Amid the Glass Walls of Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House"
thanks mr. dw for having discussed the house the day before the article came out and for sending the link. you will be missed when you move away.
IF you move away.

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