The glasshouse - is designed to accommodate
a family 2+2 (2 children and parents).
The design also provides a room for visitors and relatives, who can
pay a visit from time to time.
The house is designed as an open plan space with the core inside, which
provides users with toilets and bathrooms as well as vertical communication.
The open plan is divided by light partitions, which allow the occupants
of the house to easily change the layout of the floor plan during the
The house provides 1+1working spaces:
- First, next to the parents bedroom (first floor)
- Second, is the reception room, which can be converted into the home
office-space accessible directly from the street.
The skeleton structure of the house allows for a lift for disabled people,
which can be provided to link the first and second floor in case a member
of the family becomes disabled during their occupation.
The design - House shape is designed to minimise the external surface
of the house.
" A sphere has 25% less area then a cube of the same volume. Working
towards a green building is to minimise heat loss and heat gain by reducing
the external surface of the building."
To minimise heat gain of the design, the house is located on the plot
in such a way that the smallest possible surface of the design faces
The trees are planted on the southwest side of the plot to protect the
house from the sun. During the summertime the leaves will screen the
house from the sun and during the wintertime lack of leaves will allow
the house to gain energy from the sun.
Double high space of the living room is designed to accumulate the heat
during the day and then during the night the heat can be distributed
into the bedrooms. The louvers are designed to provide additional control
of the sun penetration of the building, as well as providing an additional
envelope when closed and at the same time creating privacy and a thermal
The structure - main structure of the house is made of laminated timber
beams, supported externally by curved laminated timber columns and internally
by a timber skeleton, which forms the core of the house. The core is
designed to accommodate vertical installations such as chimneys, ventilation,
pipe work, electrical risers, etc. The core also encloses very private
functions of the house such as W.C. and bathrooms. The floor plate and
the roof are supported by the beams and give the stiffness to the structure.
Each room is enclosed from the open space by light partitions (glass
The external envelope of the house is designed as a two layers system:
- The first layer is created by Pilkington INSULIGHT units supported
columns to provide the occupants with thermal and atmospheric protection.
- The second layer is created by the louvers, to provide occupants with
additional thermal insulation as well as privacy when the louvers are