Transparent House - 2016

 

Since the birth of modernism there has been a fascination with the connection between the outside and the inside world - The public and private. Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Mies Van Der Rohe’s Farnsworth House are clear examplse of this, but these really only represent this idea in a secluded rural setting. Can this idea of transparency exist in a densely occupied environment?

The Transparent house features a clear exterior and no inner walls – seemingly offering no privacy to the occupant. To counter this, the house has three living spaces sunken beneath the ground, with their depths determined by the amount of privacy an activity requires. These sunken rooms both hide, and draw attention to the activities that take place in them. The Bathroom is set the lowest to offer maximum privacy, and the kitchen the highest giving this more of a connection to the outside. There are no defined living spaces or entertaining areas within the house, rather there is a space left on the same level as the street in which these activities would take place.

The large open walls and transparent roof are intended to reverse the action of a traditional window. Rather than connecting the occupant with the outside world, they aim to connect the outside world with the occupant, making what would usually be a private moment into a public one

The central pillar offers the only storage in the house. I believe this is one of the most important feature of the house as it draws attention to the things which we usually keep hidden offering a sort of “heart” to the home. Any time an occupant wants to interact with the objects on these shelves they must emerge from their private space and interact with them on a public level