Mission: House, Insterstice Architects, green architecture, green design, sustainable architecture, san francisco, mission district, green building, solar powered house, net zero house, recycled glass wall, passive solar house

Designed as a test lab for innovative building strategies, the Mission: House showcases a wide range of experimental materials, systems, and construction techniques. The home’s entrance is emblazoned with a “greenskin” made up of recycled glazed windows assembled together into a multifaceted façade. The units were sourced from local reclamation yards and are layered to create striking visual effect.

The rear of the building is capped with a two-story translucent facade made of thermal plastics similar to those used in greenhouses. Although the translucent polycarbonate panels offer little insulation value, their south-facing orientation mitigates this heat loss while providing tons of daylighting throughout the day.

Mission: House, Insterstice Architects, green architecture, green design, sustainable architecture, san francisco, mission district, green building, solar powered house, net zero house, recycled glass wall, passive solar house

The interior of the home features a large multipurpose creative space that can serve equally well as an office, gallery, or play room. A series of sliding walls provide clean and uncluttered storage space, while colorful magnetized cabinets offer a fun multifunctional surface for work and play. A bamboo garden in the back yard provides a place for rainwater runoff to infiltrate, and a spiraling staircase leads up to the living room.

Mission: House, Insterstice Architects, green architecture, green design, sustainable architecture, san francisco, mission district, green building, solar powered house, net zero house, recycled glass wall, passive solar house

The home’s bathroom is a marvel in and of itself – the cool blue space contains an airy chamber that is completely open to the sky. When the weather turns foul, a mechanical roof section slides into place to create an enclosed skylit space.

Mission: House, Insterstice Architects, green architecture, green design, sustainable architecture, san francisco, mission district, green building, solar powered house, net zero house, recycled glass wall, passive solar house

A rooftop garden planted with tomatoes and herbs tops off the house, while a massive 4kW south-facing solar array soaks up the sun’s rays. The home’s architect and owner Andrew Dunbar told me that the project regularly feeds energy back into the grid – no doubt thanks to its luminous daylit design and efficient green building strategies.

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All photos by Mike Chino, © Inhabitat