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Architecture January, 21 2014

See These Transparent Tea Houses in Silicon Valley, California

Swatt Miers Architects built a series of tea houses under a grove of Californian Live Oaks so that the owners could easily retreat to nature. They are separated into three buildings: one for meditation, one for sleeping and the last for “creative thinking.” All designed with glass and transparent steel, the houses are entirely see-through, its projected spaces hovering over the landscape. The structures have been placed to minimize footprint on land to preserve the delicate oak roots as much as possible. If only all of us could build glass rooms like these in the woods.

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