Glass Cube


Courtesy Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries

Glass Cube
Ralph Rapson
  • Architecture

Ralph Rapson designed the Glass Cube as a family retreat in the Wisconsin countryside not far from Minneapolis. Freed from the conventional constraints of a client, Rapson engaged directly with issues of structure, site, and space and created perhaps his purest work of architecture. With 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape, the house features glass walls and suspended floors that reinforce the feeling of floating in the landscape. While modern architecture strove to dissolve the barrier between inside and outside, Rapson achieved it most fully in the Glass Cube, which unlike his other buildings was not situated in the city but rather in a rural context, underscoring his belief that “in the country, the modernist would prevail.”