glass house on video
I know that many architects and builders are just trying to keep themselves afloat right now. It can be hard to step back and focus on the more esoteric side of architecture when you're worried about your next paycheck. But those of you who are in need of a bit of both beauty and brain food could do worse than to visit the updated Philip Johnson Glass House website.
I haven't been able to get to the Glass House in person yet myself (though it's on my list.) Instead, I've browsed the site, which contains a bunch of interesting videos. The moderators of the Glass House Conversations series talk about topics ranging from "Citizen Designer" to "Breaking the Rules." And the Glass House Oral History Project section features a segment on Philip Johnson's influence (featuring Richard Rogers, Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, Michael Graves, FAIA, and more) and a fun one with the artist Frank Stella.
Watching the videos really makes you want to experience the house in person. Tickets start at $30, which is not too bad considering that's not much more than a ticket to many New York City museums. The Twilight Tours are pricier, but what an experience that would be.
For past Glass House-related residential architect stories, click here and here.--M.D.