The Glass House




Introduction: The Glass House

About: I love to make stuff, including food, crafts, and especially electronics.

The Glass House is considered one of the most iconic designs in modern architecture.

It's easy to see why.

The structure is modern, simple, and elegant.

It's located in New Canaan, Connecticut, and surprisingly, built during 1948 to 1949.

I hope to have made a somewhat similar model of this wonderful design.

The .stl file is also included.

Step 1: Make the Base.

The Glass House is on a field of grass surrounded by trees.

Place a square, and slim it down to 2.0, and make the dimensions around 145 x 145.

Set color to green.

Step 2: Make the Main 4 Pillars on the Corners.

Take another square, make the dimensions to 3.0 x 3.0, x 30.0 for height. (LxWxH)

Set the color to grey.

First, place one in one corner, copy it, paste one, move it so that it has the exact same location as the original one. Then, arrange so that it forms a line like it does in the image. Then, press SHIFT and click both pillars, copy and the paste, move to location, and move to a location to form a rectangle.

Step 3: Make These "window Pillar" Things.

On the two sides, there are two of these each, and on the front and back there are 4, for the doors.

Copy a pillar from the step above, but change the dimensions so that it's 3x2x30, where the 2 is the width.

Make 2 total for the sides, and place them in the center and make them equally apart... roughly. Copy and move to the other side.

Make 4 of these, but 2x3x30, 2 is length, and place them like you did but instead with four.

(View the image for clarification)

Or, find an image of the structure and you should know what I'm talking about :).

Step 4: Add the "rungs"

Not sure about whether they're called rungs. It's kind of like that thing you hold walking down the stairs.

Make a tube, 2x2, and fit to your house frame.

There is a little cone that you'll need to use to pull it up.

Remember, you'll need to segment it once it reaches the middle 2 for the door.

I'm not sure about the sides, I'm leaving a segment just in case.

This is also a great opportunity to check if your pillars are actually matching their positions :)

Step 5: Let's Do Some Interior Decoration!

Don't worry if you aren't good at decoration, I've got your back.

There's a rather large cylinder on the right that I assume is for showers.

Let's do that.

Make a cylinder, set its height to 30, and choose the brown shade in the middle.

I'm using the default dimensions but feel free to change.

Add a hole cylinder with about a 4.0 wall.

I'm using 20x20x30, so the hole would be 16x16x30.

Add the door into the shower thing. Use boxes to make this. 1x1x20 should work, remember to rotate!

Let's work on the kitchen. Basically a bunch of matte black cubes and some bamboo.

Too hard to explain, just look at the final result.

Step 6: Windows!

Make a box, make it white, transparent, and painstakingly fit it to each socket.

I think I did it properly.

Step 7: Roof. Almost There!

First we need to make a border around the top and then a white slab.

That brick cylinder too!

Step 8: Now Final Step: the Trees and the Pave Way.

The trees aren't really part of the house in that manner so I'm leaving them out.

The driveway is grey gravel and is shown in the image.

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    Question 2 years ago on Step 7

    Can I 3D print this or similar and cut acrylic sheet to make the windows? I’m new to 3d printing so this is a real question if it seems daft. Also: if i could print this, could I make slots for the windows & then resume the print after I slide the windows if the temperature at the window top isnt too hot (& melts the perspex/acrylic)?


    Answer 2 years ago

    Interesting, someone actually is considering printing out this design!
    I'm not really good at 3D printing but I'd reckon that acrylic would probably melt.

    I researched and it says around 100 degrees C or more for regular 3D filament but I'd reckon that it wouldn't melt if you put it in boiling water. Or maybe it will. The melting point of acrylic is around 160 degrees. It depends on the filament and acrylic you use, but the acrylic might warp under those temperatures.

    Maybe you could modify design so that the roof is detachable and that there are tray inserts for the acrylic.


    I can make a copy of the design and share it with you on Tinkercad if you want.

    Or better, just print out everything, then cut the acrylic to the same size as the windows, then you can pop the windows in and superglue it.