Inspiration: Glass Walls are Not Limited to Contemporary Architecture

By , January 27, 2012

Glass is generally a characteristic of modern architecture, where basic materials are used to create clean, geometric lines. But glass walls – especially glass walls that open – are not limited to modern architecture. They can be used in a variety of architectural styles, from Colonial to Victorian to ranch-style homes. Modern buildings tend to have a minimalistic structure with large expanses of floor to ceiling glass. Perhaps because it visually links indoor and outdoor spaces and provides daylight, making smaller spaces feel larger. But critics of modern architecture find the clean lines cold and static. They find its simplicity bland and lacking in visual appeal. They want a home that’s warm and inviting, full of rich colors, ornamentation, and charm. They prefer elaborate materials and intricate detail, a traditional sense of style. Well, there’s no reason why a folding glass wall can only be used for modern architecture. NanaWalls appear in traditional homes all the time, with a variety of wood frames available – from rich mahogany to cherry to European oak. Divided lites on the panels can create a traditional French door look for colonial-style homes. In fact, Southern Living’s 2011 showcase home (pictured above) is a traditional French Country home, with vibrant hues, ruffles, and a formal Southern elegance. They use a NanaWall folding glass wall to connect the living room with an outdoor living room on the screened-in porch. The outdoor room, with its traditional fireplace, is warm and welcoming. Architects Gary Beryl and Cathy Osika recently renovated a historic 1920’s Victorian home in Virginia, outfitting it with NanaWall folding doors. One of their main goals was to keep the original architecture and style of the residence intact. Their completed renovation was so successful that only a carefully discerning eye can differentiate the introduced elements from the original structure. The grand home is larger than before, but it still pays homage to its inspiring classic form. What do you prefer: modern architecture with its clean aesthetics or warm, welcoming traditional-style homes? It's all in the eye of the beholder.