Material Sensibility: Jewel Box Villa


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The architects maximized the use of the long and narrow lot by splitting the building’s main volume into different levels with an outer shell structure topped with a hipped roof. Its shell takes up most of the heat-gain during the hottest hours of the day, while the transparent western facade lets the natural light penetrate the structure and activate a heat sink wall. Vertical PVC shades protect the western facade and follow the path of the sun.

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2 thought on “Material Sensibility: Jewel Box Villa”

  1. Steve Strnad says:

    The wall plantings remind me of Prof. Harker’s astro turf covered Crystal house project that I made a model of for him… I still get a twitch in my eye when I think of that project. Very interesting use of materials, texture and massing.

    1. georgecatone says:

      Steve! Good to hear from you.

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