Communal Living Spaces FTW in Glassbook House
This house gives me chilled out vibes. It's small, well-proportioned and flows well. It's called Glassbook House. Take a look at the pictures and you'll know why.
From the front, this house just looks like any other small shotgun home in a suburban neighborhood. Its true nature is only revealed once you enter, or view the house from the back. The stark difference between the interior and front exterior harks back to the owner's desire for a retreat from the outside world
What does it mean to be at home? The home, for the client of the Glassbook House, is a place to retreat from the outside world.
The space to the back of the house is the most interesting. It's composed of series of stepped rooms, all flowing into one another. The lowest room is the kitchen/dining room which opens up to the garden. The next space is a lounge (there's a more formal sitting area elsewhere), before finally reaching a little reading nook at the top. Each of these rooms is filled with natural daylight thanks to a glass wall that runs from the floor to the apex.
The individual act of reading structures the two-storey addition to this home. Communal activities - eating, cooking and entertaining - are flanked by a two-storey bookcase. You can pull out a book anywhere and anytime.
There's a very clear boundary between old and new in the house - the ceiling of the comunal louge reveals the old cornicing before abruptly giving way to the new elements. That's cool. And quite slick.
The details of the existing house, including decorative moldings, are amplified with careful and minimal intervention.
This project was designed by Sibling Architecture. Their website has an annoying loading screen when you open it, but it's worth the wait.
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