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Glass Farmhouse by Olson Kundig Architects (US)

Posted by Simon Keane-Cowell on 20.09.2011 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

photographer: Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects

When briefing Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects, the owners of the Glass Farmhouse in Eastern Oregon cited modernist master Philip Johnson’s translucent icon, the Glass House, as a point of reference. The architects duly delivered.

photographer: Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects

High-efficiency glass framed with steel forms three sides of the dramatically situated house, while the north elevation is a solid exterior wall. Inside the structure, the emphasis is on openness, with the only interruption being the central enclosure, which houses a bathroom, study and storage.

photographer: Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects

Beyond its aesthetic expression, the house possesses strong technical consideration. “The house rests on a concrete slab supported on a concrete foundation,” explain the architects. “In this way, the heat-absorbing and -releasing thermal mass is isolated from the ground plane. The window system combines transparency with energy efficiency. Heat loss and gain is managed largely by the orientation of the house: on the south side, an eyebrow, or light shelf, deflects midday summer sun but admits low-angle winter sunlight.”

photographer: Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects

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