Sam Walker

Skeleton House

Modeled and rendered using SketchUp, Kerkythea

Skeleton House is a concept in living open to the environment, in the lineage of Alison and Peter Smithson's idea of the 'climate house'. The exterior walls are composed largely of open beams, connecting the interior directly to the breezes, sounds, scents and views of the exterior when weather permits. In the cold months the house bundles up, becoming a cozy dim cabin with the insertion of insulating cushions which are meant to slot between the outer shell's beams. Heat is provided by a large masonry heater with a secondary heat exchanging sleeve on the chimney, which makes use of waste heat to control the atmosphere of the bedroom cells above ensuring a comfortable retreat from the environment even with the walls open to the outdoors.