December 26, 2011

The Glass House.

Conversations in Context: Paul Goldberger from The Philip Johnson Glass House on Vimeo.

8 comments:

edutcher said...

OK, a free form house. Seems to me a log cabin does the same thing.

PS Needless to say, it's a good thing it's up on a hill in the middle of the woods.

You certainly can't walk around naked.

Or stow thrones.

ironrailsironweights said...

An interesting report of a visit to the Glass House. Complete with a 2-year wait to get tickets.

Peter

traditionalguy said...

That seems to be a lot to do about a very little in new ideas.

Have they ever visited Biltmore House outside Asheville?

mtrobertsattorney said...

The stone wall is nice.

Craig said...

That seems to be a lot to do about a very little in new ideas.

When the house was built, it was a new idea.

Michael Gillespie said...

Philip Johnson = Peter Keating.

Discuss.

Jim Lindgren said...

Paul Goldberger says that he has been involved with the house for 40 years, since he visited it as a student in the early 1970s.

I too toured the house with a group of Yale students in 1971 or 1972. Indeed, Goldberger was probably in the group of about a dozen of us who followed our professor, Vincent Scully, on a tour of buildings in eastern NY and southwestern CT.

Philip Johnson hosted us that day. There was a fascinating underground painting gallery that the video clip didn't enter and a playful little optical illusion pavilion on a pond that was built at perhaps 2/3rds scale. (It made the pond look larger and farther away.)

We also saw some "new brutalism" buildings (perhaps by IM Pei) and a new, gorgeously odd little house by Robert Venturi.

Johnson's main glass house is beautiful, but it was obviously derivative of Mies.

Jim Lindgren
Northwestern University

ganderson said...

Vin Scully was an architecture prof? Who knew?