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A Photographer’s Glass Cube Studio on Stony Lake

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There are so many, many, ways to build a green home. This one, a clear glass cube, is a studio for a photographer. Designed by Toronto-based firm GH3, it sits atop his boathouse on a Canadian lake.

It is a live/work studio (the translucent part upstairs is the “live”).

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Inside, light is baffled by a series of seamless white lacquered panels whose reflective qualities diffuse light.

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These screens can be slid back or forth to hide or reveal the live/work spaces inside, while minutely controlling the light for the photographer.

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The clarity of this simple, open spaces in the minimalist landscape is delicious. The double height space floods the live/work studio with diffused Northern light.

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The effect of the clear transparent cube on the matte black facade of the granite plinth is almost lantern-like. But this is not just for good looks.

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If exposed to the sun, the gigantic expanse of black granite can act as a huge thermal mass that soaks up the suns warmth during the day, and breathes it back out at night.

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You might worry that solar gain could make this ice-maiden live/studio into a hothouse on a sunny day. But floor-to-ceiling sliding panes allow it to be completely open to natural ventilation. The roof outside is painted white with a special cool roof paint. This prevents excessive heat gain.

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Because of the site – on a lake – a deep-water exchange is utilized to alternatively heat or cool the building year–round through radiant slabs in the floor.

Just one more way to build green.

Via: Contemporist

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