Crystal House

Case Study House #3

‘Crystal House’ incorporates a translucent channel glass facade and windows that give a sense of privacy to the design, while still retaining a feeling of openness and light.  The inset base reinterprets the traditional rowhouse stoop and allows for the greening of the facade and street face.  Interior spaces are modest in scale, but allow for an open plan first floor with views that open to an enclosed rear garden.  Upper stories house the sleeping rooms.

‘Crystal House’ is a part of our ongoing case study investigation of modestly scaled housing prototypes based upon the constraints of a typical Philadelphia rowhouse lot.  It is built to fi t within a 16 foot lot width and the 35 foot height of a typical three story residential block.