Philip Johnson was a museum director, writer, and, most notably, an architect known for his unconventional designs.The Philip Johnson Glass House was completed in 1949. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House (Plano, IL, 1951), its exterior walls are of glass with no interior walls, a radical departure from houses of the time.  The Glass House or Johnson house, built in New Canaan, Connecticut, was designed by Philip Johnson as his own residence and is a masterpiece in the use of glass. Philip Johnson used his house as a viewing platform to look out at the landscape.