Curtain Walls – Literally

Categories Inspired Architecture

This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings. This month the team behind OpenBuildings has a brand new invite-only site and brand new content to share with you from the sister site! Below you will not only see the normal selection of great architecture but also also links to thematic selections of inspirational content, which might help you start your very own design project and get matched with design professionals.

In architects’ professional jargon the term ‘curtain wall’ is habitually used to denote a glass facade that has no load-bearing role in the building’s structure. In 1995, however, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban offered a clever literal reading of the phrase which not only yielded a stunning result in the case of the so called Curtain Wall House, but also set the pace for a line-up of wonderful buildings which own their privacy, and very often quite a few unique spaces, to ‘wearing’ a curtain.

Shigeru Ban: Curtain Wall House

images: Hiroyuki Hirai/Shigeru Ban Architects

Moomoo Architects: Szymon Szczesniak House

image: Moomoo

Moon Hoon: S_Mahal

image: Yong Kwan Kim

images: Yong Kwan Kim

Hertl Architects: Aichinger House

image: Kurt Hoerbst


Kaestle Ocker Roeder Architects: House with a Studio

image: Brigida Gonzalez

Hideyuki Nakayama Architecture: O House

images: Takumi Ota

Frederico Zanelato Architects: SALC House

image: Bebete Viégas

LDA.iMdA Architects: Artwood Showroom

image: LDA.iMdA architects/Artwood

Caramel Architects: House in Rodaun

images: Hertha Hurnaus

Atelier Kempe Thill: Urban Podium in Rotterdam

image: Atelier Kempe Thill

image: Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz


Antonina is an architect who has recently joined the OpenBuildings team to take over Community Outreach. Believes in interdisciplinary approach to architecture and everything else, fascinated by Japanese and Dutch design, typography and all things inspired.
OpenBuildings is a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of contemporary and conceptual architecture from around the world that exists as a website and application for iPhone, and recently - Android, which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.