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glass house by manser practice architects
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jan 20, 2013
glass house by manser practice architects


‘glass house’ by manser practice architects
all images © morley von sternberg

 

 

approached from a generally suburban and unremarkable road down gravel drive through a wood, the initial
view of the ‘glass house’ by manser practice architects is deliberately unclear. a long sinuous reflective black
wall sitting amongst the trees conceals the presence of the building and beyond. views of the sea are also only
hinted at with glimpses.

 

entering through a huge rough sawn timber door, the visitor is lead along a broad sweeping curved corridor
down which the main living space, the internal and external living areas and the stunning views beyond slowly
become apparent. the utter and almost seemly structure-less transparency of the living area is offset by the
timber clad density of the bedroom block the two sections being held together by the black screen wall running
north south on the east side of the house. bedrooms generally have corner locations with micro views within
the property but the main living space with terraces both to the north and south has long views to the north and west.

 

 


entrance approach

 

 


broad sweeping curved corridor down toward the main living space

 

 


glazed living space with views overlooking the solent

 

 


views from the bedroom terrace

 

 

heated using a ground source heat pump running off a series of 40 meter bore holes, the heat pump also provides
the hot water and heating to the swimming pool and in summer provides cooling to the floors: – replenishing the
borehole in the process. rainwater is harvested for flushing WCs and for external taps.

 

 


in the pavilion, glare is countered by the deep overhangs of the roof

 

 


main terrace

 

 


kitchen space

 


floor plan

 


site plan

 

 project information:

 contractor: john peck construction ltd
 glazing: fineline aluminium
 steel frame: DMR engineering limited
 structural engineer: elliot wood partnership
 ground substructure: stability & malcolm woodruff associates
 landscape architect: john brookes
 timber cladding: alan bright

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