Glass Farmhouse / Olson Kundig

  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1440
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Tim Bies, John Clark
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Lightolier, B-K Lighting, Quantum Windows & Doors
Glass Farmhouse / Olson Kundig - Door, Facade
© Tim Bies

Text description provided by the architects. Surrounded by wheat fields on a high-altitude plateau stand a small glass house and a solid, traditional barn. The owners, inspired by Philip Johnson’s Glass House, wanted a refuge that opens up to the prairie and mountains. The structures are conveniently close to each other and enjoy a sense of isolation at the end of a long country road. The roof of the wood-frame barn, which houses farm equipment below and guest rooms above, was inspired by the local vernacular and is echoed in the shed roof of the glass house.

Glass Farmhouse / Olson Kundig - Image 10 of 15
© John Clark
Ground Floor Plan
Glass Farmhouse / Olson Kundig - Windows, Beam, Facade, Bedroom
© Tim Bies

Three sides of the house consist of high-efficiency glass framed with steel; on the north is a solid exterior wall. Inside the transparent shell, living, eating, and sleeping areas surround an enclosure that contains the bathroom, study, and storage. The house rests on a concrete slab supported on a concrete foundation. In this way, the heat-absorbing and—releasing thermal mass is isolated from the ground plane. The window system combines transparency with energy-efficiency. Heat loss and gain is managed largely by the orientation of the house: on the south side, an eyebrow, or light shelf, deflects midday summer sun but admits low-angle winter sunlight.

Glass Farmhouse / Olson Kundig - Image 7 of 15
© Tim Bies

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