Home Designs Published by Stela Lucija, Tuesday, February 28th 2017, 10:14:40 AM.
This prefab house with translucent exterior wall is a unique home that can change the color of the exterior wall depending on the natural lights of the surrounding. This is an unusual, one of a kind feature that makes this house stands out of the crowds. The wall’s color change depends on the colors of its surroundings and is mostly visible as the season changes since each season boasts its own colors.
The Chameleon House by Anderson Anderson Architecture is built of galvanized metal cladding and is wrapped in a skirting wall of recycled translucent polyethylene slats. These slats are those which make the trick, they can dissolve and reflect the lights from their surrounding, and creating some colorful reflections which mimic the colors of the beautiful surrounding in its location on a hill surrounded by agricultural landscape overlooking the Lake Michigan.
This house is located in Mill Valley, California with incredible view of the Tamalpais Valley. The shape of this house was partially dictated by the terrain while the aesthetic appeals and the floor to ceiling windows were mostly inspired by the view of the surrounding. From the entrance, the two stories house is composed by three volumes. Each volume is angled to the next volume creating and angled S-shape. The unique yet beautiful shape was also made more beautiful with the slanted middle volume with translucent wall.
The final result is a modern house design which is gradually lowered from the two stories main living space to the single stories garage along with the glowing middle volume at night. The entire volume of the house was also cantilevered from the ground due to the uneven terrain instead of digging a traditional foundation. The aesthetic appeals from the house were inspired by nature, instead of competing the beauty of the surrounding nature. The architects of Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects blended the home’s design to the nature while at the same time admiring the nature through the floor to ceiling windows and the roof terrace. Photo credit: Tim Griffin.
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