Gallery: Olson Kundig Glass Farmhouse Floats on Oregon’s Wheat Fields

 
Passive design ensures maximum solar gain in winter and minimum solar gain during the hot, dry summers.

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!

+ Olson Kundig

Via Contemporist

images via Tim Bies, John Clark

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  1. thedisgruntledarchitect May 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

    this is a stunning piece, and striking in the landscape. I am always drawn to designs that include glass, steel and wood. However, as beautiful as it is (including its great use of passive strategies), I cannot get past the fact that it is all glass….in the winter. No amount of solar gain will make up for the heating load on an all glass building during a cold winter, especially with high winds across a field. I am interested in how it performs in the winter…I am skeptical but totally willing to eat my words :)

  2. tobiasv May 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

    What’s this super effecient glass you are talking about? :)
    Triple layered? How does it isolate?

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