Our Newest Laneway House Design – “Invisible Density” via the Glass Brick House

Built with insulated Japanese-designed glass brick, this laneway house offers both privacy and plenty of natural, ambient light. Its simple and elegant split-level design provides a living area with 14-foot ceilings by recessing the main part of the home into the site while the bedroom is three steps higher, creating a mezzanine at ground level. The under-floor cavities of the split-level also provide additional built-in storage space.

This laneway house has an open plan and utilizes sliding screens to subdivide the space. High windows and skylights can be added to capture any surrounding views, thus connecting the interior to the outdoors. As the sun sets, with its interior lit, the glass brick exterior glows with “active habitation.”

To maintain privacy, and to avoid both adding to and being a subject of urban light pollution, a system of motorized exterior blackout blinds controlled by an astronomical clock closes off the facade as the sun fades.

Thanks to Bob Ransford for his article in the Vancouver Sun, Taking laneway housing to a whole other level for the details re-iterated here.

Alternative Floor Plans for the Glass Brick House (470 sq ft) on a 33′ lot:



Smallworks is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. If you are interested in building a Smallworks Laneway House in the Vancouver area, please contact us today!

By | 2016-11-15T09:05:55+00:00 January 15th, 2014|News & Trends in Small House Living|

One Comment

  1. Lynn July 19, 2014 at 11:42 PM


    This might be a silly question but is the lot extra? I really want too move back to Vancouver and build a cottage home with your
    company-what is your most affordable price with a small lot of course-400 sq ft is fine for me-could get by with less than that. Minimalist.

    was really great to look at all the photos of the beautiful homes you build.

    Look forward to hearing from you,

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