This Glass House in Tennessee Is For Mid-Century Fans and Nature Lovers

Is living in a glass house as chic as it sounds? One way to find out is to buy one, and luckily for interested parties there’s a heck of an option on the market. Designed by University of Tennessee architecture professor William Starke Shell, this Knoxville Mies Van der Rohe-esque home is priced at $575,000.

Per the listing, the one-bedroom, one-bath dwelling sits on a 2.3-acre lot, perched atop an 80-foot cliff. Despite the abundance of glass panels, the award-winning design still manages to guarantee occupants a fair amount of privacy, thanks to the surrounding landscape of trees. The structure will obviously allow in plenty of natural light, but the likelihood of outdoor noise infiltrating space is pretty low, given that there are no neighbors.

The sleek interior of the flat-roof, 1,600-square-foot home matches that of its contemporary exterior. Granite floors and industrial style lighting fixtures contribute to a minimalist aesthetic that also includes custom-designed furniture from Shell that come with the home. Rolling mahogany cabinets allow the space to be easily transformed into living, dining and sleeping areas. The theme of simplicity continues in the home’s bathroom, which features white tiled walls and white décor. The house also features a 12 x 12 utility room.

According to Curbed, the proceeds from the sale of the glass home will go to the Knoxville Museum of Art, which became the recipient of Shell’s estate upon his passing in 2017. KnoxNews reports that the Glass House was Shell’s dream home in which he emphasized minimalism through the inclusion of “clean lines, transparent materials and minimal furniture in the modernism style.”

For more details and photos of the gorgeous cliffside home, check out the official listing over at Coldwell Banker.

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