In Situ

September 17, 2010

I dropped in a photo of the woods:

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Desk

September 16, 2010

I invision the first cube being primarily an office. An internet connected office in the woods. It will have an integrated fold up glass desk and one red chair:

Refinement

September 16, 2010

I’m trying a design where the cube is purely glass and only the door has steel support. The counterweight is now glass. The beams pictured are steel 2″ X 4″ beams. Placement of the pivot point is a key decision I am still experimenting with.

Glass

August 29, 2010

So the basic idea for the dwelling is a glass cube. The concept is beautiful, but it presents practical challenges.

Main problem: Glass gets hot in the sun like a greenhouse.

The first line of defense will be trees. I plan to situate these in good tree canopy cover.¬†Beyond that I plan on using full spectrum reflective coating and tinting. Any tinted glass will warm up as it absorbs energy from the sun… and eventually start to re-radiate that energy like an oven. A simple passive cooling system would be to mist water onto the glass surfaces.

Swedish Tree Hotel

It seems like laminated glass is ideal for our purposes. Safe, strong, and less expensive.

Concepts:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_gain

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laminated_glass

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempered_glass

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulated_glazing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-emissivity

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflectivity

Sketch

August 28, 2010

I met with my friend and steelworker Zachary Zaus. He and I did some sketches:

Dwelling

August 28, 2010

Here are my first drawings of the glass dwelling:

Basically it’s an 8′ glass cube. One wall is hinged and counterweighted.