jonathan gibb's subterranean house is defined by its protruding glass roof jonathan gibb's subterranean house is defined by its protruding glass roof
nov 11, 2015

jonathan gibb's subterranean house is defined by its protruding glass roof

jonathan gibb’s subterranean house is defined by its protruding glass roof
all images courtesy of jonathan gibb architect




the ‘glass house’ is a conceptual architectural project by jonathan gibb. its form is in direct contrast to its surroundings, emphasizing the site rather than the structure. from street level, only the home’s triangular glass roofs can be seen, while the rest of the dwelling is located entirely underground.

view from the street 




internal volumes of composed of functional spaces — bedrooms, en-suites, living, dining, kitchen, and office — are all located within a cut-void set beneath the operable glass ceiling. light is received directly from the sun, and can be filtered with camouflage netting during warm months. at night, the ‘glass house’ takes on the appearance of a series of tents, glowing within the vast urban landscape.

glass house concept jonathan gibb architect designboom
night view




rainwater collection systems and integrated photovoltaics, as well as constant temperature thanks to the earth’s mass, provide a low-impact living environment. an internal green wall refreshes air throughout the space and minds’ of the residents. the ‘glass house’ points to a brighter future of sustainability — a beacon in the night that reestablishes connection to self and place. 

glass house concept jonathan gibb architect designboom
entry level

view of the subterranean residence 

glass house concept jonathan gibb architect designboom
looking skywards 

roof plan 

roof plan with camouflage netting 



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edited by: nick brink | designboom

  • This an interesting conversation with it’s surroundings. Any thoughts on the drainage?

    Dominic says:

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