Steel boxes measuring 18 inches high by 35 inches wide with a depth of 24 inches act as the house’s structure, exterior finish, and interior storage.
Glazing inserted between the staggered boxes produces dappled light without compromising privacy within the 914-square-foot house.
The boxes are stacked in such a way as to provide seismic resistance as well as load-bearing support.
Atelier Tekuto's Penguin House, Tokyo, Japan The building site is less than 550 square feet, so architect Yasuhiro Yamasita speced ultra thin steel walls finished with insulating ceramic paint to give the clients the most living space possible.
Charred wood is another finish material being used more frequently on Japanese houses. It's an ancient technique that produces a highly durable, low maintenance, thin and beautiful finish for the wood.
Glass roof tiles are an inexpensive way to generate a skylight or add insulation to a traditional clay roof.
The glass tiles are installed just like ordinary clay roof tiles and can be used in lieu of or on top of their traditional counterparts.
SolTech's glass tile system includes an underlayment that harnesses solar energy and transfers it into heat.
Disappearing glass walls are getting more and more high-tech for larger spans and better protection against the elements.