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Vertical Glass House / Atelier FCJZ

  • 01:00 - 30 January, 2014
Vertical Glass House / Atelier FCJZ
Vertical Glass House  / Atelier FCJZ, Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ
Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Principal Architect

    Yung Ho Chang
  • Project Architect

    Lu Bai
  • Project Team

    Li Xiang Ting, Cai Feng
  • Client

    West Bund
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ
Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ
Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ

Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ
Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ

Vertical Glass House was designed by Yung Ho Chang as an entry to the annual Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition organized by the Japan Architect magazine in 1991. Chang received an Honorable Mention award for the project. Twenty-two years later in 2013, the West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art in Shanghai decided to build it as one of its permanent pavilions.

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Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ
Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ

Vertical Glass House is a urban housing prototype and discusses the notion of transparency in verticality while serving as a critic of Modernist transparency in horizontality or a glass house that always opens to landscape and provides no privacy. While turning the classic glass house 90 degrees, Vertical Glass House is on one hand spiritual: With enclosed walls and transparent floors as well as roof, the house opens to the sky and the earth, positions the inhabitant right in the middle, and creates a place for meditation. On the other hand, Vertical Glass House is material: Vertical transparency visually connects all the utilities,ductworks, furniture pieces on different levels, as well as the staircase, into a system of domesticity and provides another reading of the modern theory of “Architecture as living machine.”

Original Drawins
Original Drawins

The structure erected in Shanghai in 2013 was closely based on the 22-years old design scheme by Chang and developed by the Atelier FCJZ.  With a footprint of less than 40 square meters, the 4-story residence is enclosed with solid concrete walls leaving little visual connection to its immediate surrounding.  The walls were cast in rough wooden formwork on the exterior and smooth boards on the interior to give a contrast in texture in surface from the inside out. Within the concrete enclosure, a singular steel post is at the center with steel beams divide the space in quarters and frame each domestic activity along with the concrete walls.  All the floor slabs for the Vertical Glass House, which consists of 7cm thick composite tempered glass slabs, cantilevers beyond the concrete shell through the horizontal slivers on the façade.  The perimeter of each glass slab is lit from within the house; therefore, light transmits through the glass at night to give a sense of mystic for the pedestrians passing by. All the furniture were designed specifically for the rooms inside the Vertical Glass House to be true to the original design concept and keep a cohere appearance with its structures and stairs. Air conditioning was added to the House.

The Vertical Glass House will be operated by the West Bund Biennale as a one-room guest house for visiting artists and architects while serving as an architectural exhibition.


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9 Comments

Markus Haase · February 19, 2015

Come on, people... please, don't be so lazy and read the text before typing. It's a pavilion, an experimental space, and for its purpose it's quite an amazing achievement!
"The Vertical Glass House will be operated by the West Bund Biennale as a one-room guest house for visiting artists and architects while serving as an architectural exhibition."
So much empty "criticism"! When did the world became so boring???

Marsellus W. · October 26, 2014

Worst. Design. Ever. This is a waste of money, space, air, materials, talents, and, of corse, my time. While I do understand the effort to light an apartment vertically, partially as an answer to the still-lingering modernist movement, partially as reaction to the densification in cities, the designers don't seem to take their thesis very serious and rely too much on punchlines - instead of inquiring the real possibilities.

David Rodz 801 · October 24, 2014

sin vista al exterior ...tisc tisc tisc

neda akbari · May 29, 2014

I enjoyed it so much... If I want to go to see the interior, what do I have to do? :)

Mel Turner · April 14, 2014

Certainly would allow people to interact or at least see one another more - too often now everyone is closed off from even their partners, children, friends - why not embrace what this architecture is offering - full transparency - life could do with a little more connectivity that doesn't require an electronic device! however I understand those vertically challenged of us may have some issues to deal with before entering this home.

Nabmam · February 05, 2014

Just because you can... doesn't mean you should! What is this project trying to prove, really? My greatest pet peeve is looking at the grimy, germy area around a toilet bowl. Don't tell me now that I also have a full view of it from below, in full transparency! Yuck! Disgusting! It is kinda silly. And pointless. If this is the future of architecture, then God helps us all!

Luís Maria Pinto Leite · August 09, 2014 02:22 AM

Not everyone has to live according to the society's standards. If the client is comfortable living in a place like this, so be it. I for example, feel uncomfortable in most traditional houses, i enjoy living in mystical places.

Jornik · February 13, 2014 08:29 PM

why should the area around the toilet be germy. If you are a human being of the 21st century then that means that you are civil and clean. It seems to me that all the people opposing to this concept structure are bound to material/practical needs. This is a preparation for an actually brave step in architecture. Just think about it.

Jonty Guite · February 02, 2014

now I'm just wondering if there'll be issues with privacy! :3

Mariano Managò · January 30, 2014

that's a really frightening building! looks like the set of a horror movie...

kamil kibar · January 30, 2014

needs good carpets...

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