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8 clearly cool glass houses

By: Matt Hickman on July 29, 2012, 5:32 p.m.
Steve Hermann Glass Pavilion

Photo: Steve Hermann Design

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Glass Pavilion

Architect: Steve Hermann

Location: Montecito, California

Just looking at photos of self-taught architect-to-the-stars Steve Hermann’s glassy 14,000-square-foot (!) ultramodern manse in Montecito leaves us speechless. As does the fact that the five-bedroom home includes an art gallery-cum-32-car garage. That said, we’ll let the Glass Pavilion website do most of the talking: “An almost entirely glass home, it allows the occupants to be comfortably inside while completely enveloped within nature. As you drive down the long gated driveway, it slowly comes into view. You are immediately confronted by a large all glass home, floating above gently rolling lawns. The site [sic] of it is awe-inspiring.” So awe-inspired that you want the Glass Pavilion all to yourself? Described by L.A.-based Hermann himself as his “opus,” the Farnsworth House-inspired home that took six years to complete hit the market in 2010. And great news, all you bargain hunters: The initial asking price of $35 million has since been reduced.