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Glass distinction


The Future Systems 'Glass House' in Islington was an instant hit when it was designed a decade ago, and plaudits poured in. Those adulatory snippets were put to good effect by Messrs Hamptons, estate agents to the gentry, in its recent catalogue for the house. 'One of the best houses in the world' - El Pais. 'This house is already a classic' - Vogue. 'An astounding piece of architecture and we can't get enough of it' - Wallpaper. Who could fail to be impressed by all this? Well, another architect, you might think; perhaps one with reservations about the orientation of the dwelling - is it (whisper this) the wrong way round? From an orientation point of view, possibly; on the other hand, it does have a proper street entrance and aspect. Anyway, the latest owner is an undeterred architect: Roger Kallman, urbane standard-bearer of the SOM flag in London these many years, and already an Islington resident. He took the purchasing plunge a few weeks ago, and some redecoration is now under way.Watch out for the influence of Kaplicky and Levete's 'spaceage aesthetic' (Martin Pawley) to infiltrate SOM's oeuvre.

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