This charming little glass farmhouse acts like a wide open door to the surrounding landscape. Modeled loosely on Phillip Johnson's glass house, the Oregon home relies on passive design to moderate its temperature. Come rain or shine, this beautiful design by Olson Kundig stays comfortable on the inside.
Although constructed out of glass, every effort has been made to fit in with the architectural vernacular local to the Pacific Northwest. A more traditional wood-framed barn sits on the same site, surrounded by wheat fields and mountains.
The home’s south-facing orientation allows the low winter sun to penetrate the interior during winter, maximizing passive solar gain. To avoid a similar effect during the hot and dry summer months, Olson Kundig built in a shelf that blocks the high summer sun. The windows are also operable and made from super efficient glass that reduces the home’s reliance on air-conditioning. It’s small, it’s simple, but it’s stunning!
images via Tim Bies, John Clark