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.

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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.

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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. 

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entry level

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view of the subterranean residence 

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looking skywards 


roof plan 


roof plan with camouflage netting 

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions  feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: nick brink | designboom

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

    Dominic says:

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