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UK Start-Up Hopes to Manufacture World's First Intelligent All-Glass Living Suite

UK Start-Up Hopes to Manufacture World's First Intelligent All-Glass Living Suite
UK Start-Up Hopes to Manufacture World's First Intelligent All-Glass Living Suite, A proposal for the Photon House, a large scale variation of the Photon Space for permanent living. Image Courtesy of The Photon Project
A proposal for the Photon House, a large scale variation of the Photon Space for permanent living. Image Courtesy of The Photon Project

UK start-up company The Photon Project has announced its plan to launch the Photon Space, the world's first intelligent all-glass living unit. Motivated by the major positive benefits that natural light can have on our energy levels, sleep pattern and overall health, the goal of the Photon Space is to create a dwelling that allows its occupants a maximum connection to the outside world.

Posited as an ideal addition to hotels, spas, health retreats, medical centres, and other resorts, the skin of the Photon Space is made of smart glass supported by curving glass beams, switching from transparent to opaque in seconds with the help of an iPhone app.

Courtesy of The Photon Project Courtesy of The Photon Project The Photon Space at sunset. Image Courtesy of The Photon Project Courtesy of The Photon Project +13

Courtesy of The Photon Project
Courtesy of The Photon Project

The glass uses a coating that partially blocks out infrared rays and totally blocks UV, reducing the suite's solar gain and preventing the increased exposure to the sun causing any harm to the inhabitants of the Photon Space. In addition, the ability to darken the glass during the day means that users of the suite can match their daylight hours to their body clock, helping international visitors to reduce the time to overcome jet lag from up to a week to as little as a single day.

"After five years of research and technological advances in the glass systems we work with, we are very excited to be able to manufacture this revolutionary suite," explains Charlie Sharman, Managing Director of The Photon Project. "As a group of experts in the glass and architecture industry, we are very passionate about bringing its’ benefits to the market."

A completed prototype for the Photon Space. Image Courtesy of The Photon Project
A completed prototype for the Photon Space. Image Courtesy of The Photon Project

Thanks to the Photon Space's modular design, it can be constructed in around four weeks. A funding campaign for the Photon Space is currently underway on Crowdcube.

Rooftop Photon Suites. Image Courtesy of The Photon Project
Rooftop Photon Suites. Image Courtesy of The Photon Project
Cite: Rory Stott. "UK Start-Up Hopes to Manufacture World's First Intelligent All-Glass Living Suite" 07 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/575919/uk-start-up-hopes-to-manufacture-world-s-first-intelligent-all-glass-living-suite/>
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