The one word that comes to mind when first seeing images of the Glass House by Nico van der Meulen Architects is: WOW. That best sums up this almost 27,000 square foot home located in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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This modern mansion comes complete with an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a gym, a garage for 12 cars, an art gallery, and a raised glass koi pond (although it’s more like an outdoor aquarium).

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It doesn’t matter what direction you look to, the view is more jaw-dropping than the next, making it the perfect glamorous, light-filled space the homeowner’s desired.

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The massive entryway features a stainless steel and glass staircase that hovers over a heated pond.

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Folding frameless glass doors cover the length of this side of the house, opening it up to the outdoors. The indoor pool and bar instantly become part of the backyard landscape when the doors are open.

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Hop from the bar to the pool!

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Glass House by Nico van der Meulen Architects in architecture  Category

The atrium between the family room and kitchen helps ventilate the home naturally.

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The spiral stairs lead to the master bedroom.

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Even though the master bathroom is made of glass, blinds can lower to create privacy while still allowing for ventilation and a view.

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