Italian architects Alessandro Armando and Manfredo di Robilant transformed a pre-existing Massachusetts residence into a contemporary house with a plastic envelope that reflects or absorbs the light.
The 492 square metre building was originally built in the 19th century but Armando and di Robilant have revamped the timeworn materials with modern plastic to create the ‘House with Big Windows’.
Translucent plastic panels cover the home’s exterior allowing natural light to fill the inside of the house.
New insulating panels have been fixed behind the plastic panels, creating an airtight space that locks in warm air in the winter and allows cool air to circulate in the summer.
The design provides privacy for the home’s owners while also presenting views of the street thanks to a giant aluminum door on rollers that can open or close the façade.
Inside, the space is bright, warm and open, and features mahogany beams, vaulted ceilings and giant bookshelves which occupy one entire wall of the two-story house.