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Glass Dome is an off-grid modular housing unit designed to use easy-to-obtain and recycled materials for construction, while retaining a spacious aesthetic for simple and efficient living.

Americans discard over 11 million tons of glass bottles and jars each year. The Glass Dome is inspired by ancient Rome's use of amphora with concrete for construction, but instead utilizes recycled glass bottles as masonry units, bound together using adobe and clay. As an expansion of the traditional building technique, each glass jar contains norbornadiene, a liquid which can capture up to 30 percent more raw solar energy than traditional solar panels, which can only harness 21 percent. The bottles can also be filled with dark liquid to serve as a thermal mass for colder climates, absorbing solar radiation during the day and radiating it back into space at night, as another layer of passive strategy. The skin of the glass dome has thus been transformed into a power generator, supporting the off-grid modular house. During the day, the glass jars bring diffused daylight into the room, while at night small LED apertures, integrated into the glass jars on timers, light up the interior space.

The living space is fully functional, with a compact bathroom in the center and living and kitchen areas on either side. The living area has a collapsible table, which also doubles as a study area or reading nook. Large panels of plywood give the interior walls a warm and organic feel, while bright cabinetry and walls lend an atmosphere of clarity and openness. Rainwater is collected at the skylight trench and piped down into a water tank for domestic use as well as for heating and cooling above the bathroom soffit. Going up to the resting and sleeping area on the mezzanine, light pours down from the operable skylight, offering a peaceful place to rest, meditate and enjoy the view of the nebula scenery.


Glass Dome

Honorable Mention, Micro Home International Competition


Glass Dome


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