The Base Valley House, designed by Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi, was constructed with its natural context acting as a guiding principle. Sambuichi strives to extensively analyze the site of his projects, ensuring that they respond as sensitively as possible to their environment. Consequently, the Base Valley House is located primarily underground, where the existing mass of a hillside provides passive climate control. Augmenting the thermal qualities of the earth, a “wind street” is cut through the center of the hill to provide natural ventilation. The most visible portion of the house is its angular glass roof, which allows generous amounts of daylight into the interior and covers an outdoor deck, where the family that inhabits the home can enjoy views of the adjacent river and mountains.
See more of the Glass Roof House after the jump.