When imagining a living space capable of withstanding the harsh desert climate, it's difficult to see how a glamorous Glass Pavilion could pass the test. However, an inventive design collaboration between Slovenian studio OFIS Arhitekti and high performance glass manufacturer Guardian Glass proves that a glass structure can actually weather extremely hot temps and a blazing sun without instantly morphing into a furnace.
The guidelines for this architectural project required OFIS Arhitekti to create a desert oasis that tested the durability of Guardian's glass. Situated in the Gorafe Desert in the region of Andalusia, the 215-square-foot structure features an exterior that's entirely comprised of glazed panels; the interior walls are constructed of unprotected glass. The transparent heat-and-wind resistant combination resulted in a comfortable, human-friendly living space that offers unobstructed desert and sky views.
"If we would have used bad glass the space would get overheated, which would mean that someone who lives here could die," OFIS Arhitekti co-founder Spela Videcnik explained to Dezeen.
"With this high-quality glass there is no external shading needed to protect the inside from the strong sun," Videcnick continued. "If you can make a building that can resist these conditions you could make a building anywhere."
Despite its minimalist design and open floor plan, the Glass Pavilion features curtains that are attached to the roof that can be closed for privacy and shading purposes. The house also contains a designated living area, a bedroom and an in-floor Jacuzzi. The center of the home is equipped with a kitchenette, a toilet and storage space.
Perched on an elevated plinth base, the pavilion's deck interior floorboards and roof are made from timber. Mirrored covering coats the roof, providing another unique view of the rocky landscape.
If this remote setup appeals to your need to ditch the city for a temporary desert escape, the good news is that the Glass Pavilion will be available for rent on Airbnb.