HIROSHI NAKAMURA & NAP: OPTICAL GLASS HOUSE A lone elegant structure sited between tall monolithic buildings, The Optical Glass House allows for space within the otherwise intimate city of Hiroshima. A project undertaken by Hiroshi Nakamura and his studio NAP, the Optical Glass House reinvents the way we look at modern urbane living and the usage of space.
“ALTHOUGH LOCATED DOWNTOWN IN A CITY, THE HOUSE ENABLES RESIDENTS TO ENJOY THE CHANGING LIGHT AND CITY MOODS, AS THE DAY PASSES, AND LIVE IN AWARENESS OF THE CHANGING SEASONS.”
Central to the design is the wall of glass, a façade weighing around 13tonnes and constructed of 6,000 pure-glass blocks. Yet this is no ordinary glass, to achieve the complete clarity NAP required to create their illusion, the glass was produced from borosilicate – the raw material for optical glass also used in laboratory glassware. This glass is also resistant to thermal shock making for a more suitable building material. This transparency makes for a waterfall effect as the light dances over the expansive blank wall canvas.
total floor area :330sqm building site :Hiroshima completion date : 2012.10
1974: Born in Tokyo 1999: Completed the Master Course, Department of Architecture, Graduated from the University of Meiji with M.Architecture Degree
1999-2002: Chief engineer in Kengo Kuma&Associates
2002: Established First Class Architect Office Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co., Ltd. Currently this office representative director