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Glass Roof House to Love the Earth, and You

The Beach Valley glass roof house presents a balance between nature and architecture. This underground home design, created by Japan’s Sambuichi Architects, plays up natural aesthetics, modern minimalist interiors and sustainable technologies that usher this simple hill house straight into the future. “A close examination on how changing wind directions and intensities in daylight influences the site, enables me to understand what kind of architecture is really needed on each location,” according to Sambuichi. Set adjacent to a vast river plane and mountains, this eco friendly architecture makes an understated impression, with its contemporary glazed roof visible among the grassy surface. Beneath it, carved into the earth, four bedrooms and ironically, an underground sunroom, are an unexpected discovery. The earth becomes a means for passive climate control in the house, maintaining a comfortable temperature year-round, off the grid. Like the cooling and heating system, lighting is passive, thanks to the glass roof. Natural stone and richly finished woods complement the home’s natural surroundings. Sambuichi Architects
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photo credit: Katsuhisa Kida / FOTOTECA
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