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Star Gazer Tiny House with Glass Walls in New Zealand

This is a Pure Pods tiny house with glass walls in New Zealand.

It’s a studio-style tiny home on a foundation with a main floor bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and living area, all with floor to ceiling windows.

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PurePods Tiny Glass House in New Zealand

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  • Sherry Niblock
    August 10, 2018, 6:53 pm

    This house is beautiful…but do they not have dust in Australia, or kids with sticky fingers, or dogs that sneeze? I’d be forever cleaning windows if our family lived there!

    • Eric
      August 11, 2018, 4:02 pm

      Yes Sherry… they do have dust in Australia. However, in New Zealand where the house is, we don’t have any dust at all… well apart from bull dust… rg&dfc

  • Eric
    August 10, 2018, 11:40 pm

    Well, as a Kiwi, all I can say is it is a perfect place for a naturist… but not so sure how practical it would be in winter… all glass and zilch insulation factor… brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    • James D.
      August 11, 2018, 2:23 pm

      Site says it uses toughened, double- and triple-glazed glass… So it should actually have around an R-6… There’s shades for most of the windows for the summer and there’s a built in heating system in the floor for the winter.

      Mind, they can use solar gain to help heat during the winter as well and reflective shades in the summer, as well as air circulation…

      Things like a solar chimney can be used to use the heat from the sun to move warm air out and draw in cool air from below, among other tricks this is probably using…

      It’s not the first all sided glass structure and people have made them work in even extreme climates…

  • August 11, 2018, 3:56 am

    This is my house! Very Naturalistic ….

  • Tom
    September 8, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Perfect for a secluded, wooded environment, like where I grew up in rural Pennsylvania.

  • September 8, 2018, 4:22 pm

    So it’s all simpler, but more Total!!

  • Patty
    September 9, 2018, 12:31 am

    Gorgeous sky scenery! Probably a little open for me, but if shades that is great. Nice temporary experience.

  • Sandi B
    December 8, 2018, 12:27 am

    Wow, is all I can say — you would have to be a real exhibitionist to live in that house — way too much glass — the views are stunning however. I would not like feeling exposed all the time. Nope, not the house for me.

  • Diane Young
    September 11, 2019, 5:53 pm

    I like lots of windows, but this is the next thing to a greenhouse. Too much glass! No privacy, no escape from the early morning sun, no insulation and fabrics would fade quickly. Next!

    • Eric
      September 12, 2019, 6:32 pm

      Totally agree with you on the greenhouse effect. Lots of heat in the morning and during the day and then becomes a reverse heat sink late afternoon and night. Privacy probably isn’t an issue. It is on privately owned land way out in the boondocks. And yes, being in New Zealand I can vouch for the fabric fade issues that result.

  • Nunya
    September 12, 2019, 8:11 am

    Holy Windex!

  • Susan
    May 19, 2020, 12:05 pm

    Not for everyone. But definitely for me!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 19, 2020, 1:33 pm

      Me too!

      • Eric
        May 19, 2020, 5:52 pm

        Not so sure about that Natalie… there is zero internet connectivity there… how would you do your tinyhousetalk work?

        From a glazing point of view… even with triple glazing you will still get significant heat loss… then there is the wind chill factor as it is at significant height on relatively open land which will add even more heat loss. Add winter weather and YIKES!

        And yes… I live in New Zealand. It can get very cold… especially up in them thar hills.

        • Natalie C. McKee
          May 20, 2020, 1:41 pm

          Yikes I missed the part about no internet! haha. I might go crazy — and broke LOL

  • Nerida Duncan
    May 19, 2020, 10:22 pm

    As a holiday let, back to nature, solitude, short stay experience – amazing. Having just looked at the one in Iceland and been gobsmacked by the view. I see there are a few here and there I would be considering trecking around NZ bunny hoping from pod to pod. My idea of a holiday is get back to nature away from the rat race and stay put for the duration but if I had to cross the ditch I would want to see as much as I could at a relatively slow pace. I believe you have the most spectacular scenery, so combined with this style of accommodation, it really does encourage one to paddle across for a visit.

    Now where can I buy one?

  • Eric
    May 20, 2020, 5:17 am

    Absolutely right… as a short stay holiday let its fine. But maybe not so much in the depths of winter. Could be snowing where some of these holiday lets are… but lets face it, it’ll be a while before you can jump across the ditch from Oz, then when you do probably going to have to do 14 days isolation before you can go anywhere… oh, and I believe that you’ll have to pay for the isolation accommodation as well. Oops, that’ll put a dent in your spending money. Damned Covid-19 huh? It’s a totally different world out there now.

    Funny how last year, 2019, it was stay away from negative people… and now in 2020 its stay away from positive people. The world has gone crazy, crazy.

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