Ah ah ah, not so fast Seamus O'G . . .
Net curtains not allowed in goldfish bowl tower
Archiseek / Ireland / News / 2005 / January 23
The Sunday Times
Calling all exhibitionists. A 16-storey tower earmarked for Dublin's docklands will be completely transparent, providing a perfect home for individuals with a penchant for being on 24-hour show. Alto Vetro â€” meaning tall glass â€” will be Ireland's first block of homes made entirely from glass. Each of the 26 apartments in the 16-storey tower will have floor-to-ceiling windows with only sliding wooden screens to preserve the modesty of residents. Net curtains will be a no-no, and messy rooms ill advised for buyers of the see-through luxury apartments. And, it seems there is no shortage of people willing to go on permanent display. Treasury Holdings, developer of the ambitious project, says it has already got a waiting list for the apartments, which will boast unbroken views of the cityscape.
Those poor, poor people living in glass houses. First you tell them they can't throw stones. Now this.
While these no-net-curtain rules appear unreasonably stringent on first glance, I imagine that this announcement ushers in a new era for Treasury Holdings and for the future of pretty buildings in general. I have heard from a very reliable source that applicants for the tower apartments will be matched to certain balconies based on their resemblance to their promo-picture prototypes. Thus ensuring that only beautiful exhibitionists will be permitted to inhabit the premises.
I can only take heart in the knowledge that before long, the voyeurs of the city from all walks of life can stand and look up at Alto Vetro for their own unbroken view-boasting. Everyone wins.