Unconventional Emerald Floating Glass House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Unconventional Emerald Floating Glass House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A beautifully crafted addition to the city of steel, the Emerald Floating Glass House is one of those houses that cannot simply pass un-noticed. “Located on Pittsburgh’s South Side slopes, it floats above the owner’s glass manufacturing facility like a foreman’s shack”. Imposing and uncanny, the house built on top of the Emerald Art Glass factory by  FISHER ARCHitecture was completed in 2011. The decision to embark on a trip away from traditional homes came naturally. The owners, a couple that actually had the courage to make the plans for their “almost impossible” dream house, explained that all they wanted was a little bit of peace and quiet and since they owned little space behind their factory, building it on top of it seemed the most convenient decision. Highlights from glass products are incorporated perfectly, to celebrate the owner’s craftsmanship. Industrial style design and homelier elements make the dwelling quite appealing and growing from the hillside, the impressive cantilever forms the top floor of the four-storey house.

Respecting the environment, the architects learnt to reuse the space available for best use, finding value in any remaining room. Thereafter, the unused space above the factory warehouse, located in a very dense urban landscape resulted in the recycling of the area. Apart from that, geothermal well-generated forced air only comes as completing factor to the heated floors and glass.

  • Details - The Radiant Glass Facade
  • East Elevation Walkway staircase with view of Pittsburgh
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House Central Stairwell
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House Living-Dining View
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House Master Bedroom
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House office room view from desk
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-01 main outer view 2
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-01 main outer view
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-01
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-04 right side view
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-08 staircase with view of Pittsburgh
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-09 office room
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-12 office room
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-13 office room and view of pittsburgh
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-14 kitchen area
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-15 kitchen area 2
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-16 kitchen
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-17 kitchen and dog
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-18 shower area
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-19 fitness area
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-20 floor section
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-22 3d staircase
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-23 3d view stairs
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-24 building in main focus point
  • Emerald-Art-Glass-House-25  building in main focus point and green top
  • Emerald-Between the Walls- office room back
  • Emerald-Night View green neon light sign
  • Emerald-side view - The Home and the City
  • The Home and Falling Water - side floor section view
  • The Roof Stairs
  • under_platform_view From the Driveway Looking Up