I had mountains of fun putting together this collection of sleek glass houses from dozens of world-renowned architects we’ve partnered with over the years (i.e. have featured on this site).
What do I mean by a glass house?
It’s not a greenhouse. It also doesn’t mean glass is the only exterior material (as in 100% glass). To qualify for this post a house had to have significant glass for the exterior whether entire walls or large windows (and many of them).
The predominant architectural style featured here is modern, but there are some contemporary styles such as contemporary beach styles and others.
Why was this so fun to put together?
It gave me a chance to comb through over 500 featured architectural designs going back years which I enjoyed immensely. It brought me back a few years and even reminded me when the first architect agreed for me to feature them on the site. When they agreed, I knew this site had potential.
It was also fun because I absolutely love houses with plenty of glass; I’m a sucker for the modern style and so it was fun looking at all these amazing designs.
If you like modern homes with lots of glass and windows, you’ll love this extensive collection. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.
Photos by Featured Architects
This house (above) is definitely one of my all-time favorite. It’s good the property is private because most this house has a glass exterior. It’s a wide, but very shallow house spanning the width of the shallow lot overlooking the Pacific ocean. You have to see the rest of this incredible home.
SAOTA is one of my favorite architects. They are prolific in the volume of stunning private homes they design. They have a distinctive style which I love. This particular one is an example of their style and as you can see it incorporates plenty of glass. See the rest of the home here.
The above home was designed by Paul Bernier Architecte. It’s like a sleek long piece of wood settled on the floor of a forest. The living space of the home enjoys almost all glass exterior. See the rest of the home here.
Designed by Heusche Inc., this is home is total California all in white with floor to ceiling windows looking out on a huge infinity pool on a cliff overlooking Los Angeles. See the rest of the home here.
Here’s another example of a glass house by SAOTA. I love the mix of natural wood and glass. Modern? Yes, but not cold. It’s stunning in every respect when at the end of the day it’s pretty much all wood and glass with a little stone. See the rest of the home here.
Hughes Umbanhowar Architects designed this Mid-Century modern style home in Southern California. The entire rear of the home is all glass looking out over a pool and trees. See the rest of this home here.
Massive 12,300 sq. ft. glass palace by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects. It’s a sprawling and fascinating home where the dominant exterior is glass. See the rest of the home here.
Glass and wood sums up this architectural beauty by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects. This modern beauty is like a beacon; you can’t miss and you just want to keep looking at it. See more here.
Modern beach house where the lower floor is literally all glass. The upper floor exterior is wood. Once again glass and wood proving to be a very effective exterior combination. By Hughes Umbanhowar Architects. See more here.
Snowy paradise home on large property with huge amount of glass looking out over the property. Designed by Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes. See more here.
SAOTA does it again with this modern white wall and glass masterpiece. It’s a tropical house built for cool and light. Huge pool in the yard surrounded by lush trees. See more here.
Modern glass, wood and stone home nestled in the forest built to blend into the surrounding landscape. Designed by MU Architecture. See more here.
Large L-shaped modern mansion with absolutely massive windows along both wings overlooking the property. Designed by Grupo Arquitectura. See more here.
Single story, long home where the entire length of the home has floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed by Planmaestro Arquitectos. See more here.
Modern steel and glass mansion with 3 stories of glass that stretches nearly the entire length of this massive home designed by Grupo Arquitectura. See more here.
Small glass home where most of the exterior facade is essentially glass walls supported by black supports. Rest of home is all white. This is a rendering of the home, but I like the fact it’s small; not huge like so many others featured here. Designed by Grupo Arquitectura. See more here.
Now that’s a lot of glass plus a very cool grass roof. Most of the home has a glass exterior. Good thing there aren’t any neighbors. Designed by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects. See more here.
Substantial modern beach house with towering windows on all sides enjoying the view of the beach and the ocean. Designed by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects. See more here.
Another cool beach house with loads of glass on all sides by Hughes and Umbanhowar Architects. See more here.
Fascinating geo-shaped house with loads of glass whee the remaining sides/roof is a grass roof. Very smart design and it looks cool too. I love how the home opens up seamlessly to the small triangle pool. Designed by Bercy Chen Studio. See more here.
Another gorgeous example of an all wood and glass home in modern design. Check out the interior walls as well – they too are all wood. It’s a stunning home. Designed by Jamie Bush & Co. See more here.
Towering all glass modern home with huge covered balconies. The entire rear of the home is floor-to-ceiling glass. Designed by KZ Architecture. See more here.
You can’t get more of a glass house than that except for maybe a glass roof. The straight lines are tempered with huge jutting round wing which looks really cool. It’s hard to tell whether the entire design would be better off all straight lines. What do you think? Designed by David James Architects. See more here.
Talk about clever hillside home design. I love how the sections point in different directions. Each section delineated by huge windows. Designed by Cadaval & Solà-Morales. See more here.
Check out this modern gem with loads of huge windows looking out over a clear blue swimming pool. Canny is one of the most popular architects in the world for good reason. They design a lot of homes and their work is amazing. See more here.
Normally this modern white and glass style home is set near the water or have a massive pool in the backyard. It’s not a design you typically see on a large sprawling lawn property like this, but it sure looks like a glimmering gem on a hill. Check out those massive windows especially the most prominent section of the home. Designed by Swatt Miers Architects. See more here.
Non-Featured Glass Houses
Below you’ll find dozens more glass homes, but they aren’t from architects featured here so there aren’t links to check out more of the home.
Not as much glass as other examples here, but there are sections with towering glass walls which gives this modern design a glass house of sorts.
Large square-like modern white and glass home (rendering) with backyard patio. It really needs a pool, don’t you think?
I love how the pool fits into the nook of the home making it look like this home with extensive windows is sitting on water.
Classic tropical villa home where almost every square foot of the L-shaped home is floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gorgeously manicured backyard with pool.
This house reminds me of a spacecraft with the jutting second floor overlooking the valley. It’s kind of cool.
I love how this house is a series of wings (u-shaped) with huge glass walls looking over concrete pool. There’s a great courtyard in the center of the jutting wings.
Interesting substantial home built with some form of metal and glass on large flat lot overlooking the mountains.
Check out the curved glass home on top of a mountain. It appears as if the glass windows has a blueish tint which looks great.
The main floor is all glass in this house. You can see every interior detail. The views from every room of the home are amazing.
Modern mansion at night with extensive glass spanning length of home overlooking private pool and deck area.
Cool modern home in the suburbs with extensive floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the small backyard with pool and covered patio.
While one side is almost all concrete you can see the other side is all glass. Interesting arrangement of home exterior materials.
Cascading mansion down a cliff – 4 floors, most of which are floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the water.
Cliff-side home with two story towering glass section overlooking the steep property.
Here’s a great example of a modest home with loads of glass. You could easily do this to one section of your home (but it ain’t cheap).
I think this minimalist design is fascinating to look at. The striking window wall contrasts dramatically with the solid wood sides.
Sprawling white mansion with where huge sections are all glass. You can pretty much see the entire living area from the outside.
Small modern home that has mirrored exterior walls. Check it out. Interesting effect.
Modern home in warm climate with huge windows on 3 of 4 sections overlooking the property including small square pool.
Modern cottage house which appears to be a series of sunroom modules. This is a great example of a small home with lots of glass.
Suburban modern home with extensive windows – way above average for a home in the burbs.
Solid glass villa. You have to look closely to see the glass seams. I can’t imagine how much those enormous glass sheets must have cost. But, the results are incredible.
Here’s another wing of the glass house above – this time you see the all glass exterior of the lengthy dining room. It must be like living outdoors in this extravagant villa.
Cliff-side mansion with extensive glass rear (2 story glass walls) overlooking infinity pool and wood deck.