Domestic Wall

New Canaan, Conneticut

Domestic Wall re-imagines the modern house archetype, rejecting Phillip Johnson’s brick slab and fireplace Glass House ensemble, in favor of a model that takes into account increasing resource scarcity and urban growth. This new dwelling type accommodates greater density, uses passive environmental control, and promises access to nature while dislodging the assumption of a sprawling yard. 

Domestic Wall inverts Johnson’s centralized red brick service core with an outer black brick service corridor, allowing for increased density (a 3-sided party wall), freeing up the central space for a courtyard, and absorbing solar heat during the day to keep the building warm at night — a technique adopted from the low tech fruit walls that revolutionized European farming during the seventeenth century.