Experience the House

The details you need to better understand LUMENHAUS’ design are right here. The first 8 images build on each other, a virtual demonstration of the construction.


steel frame

Steel frame assembled at Kullman in Lebanon, NJ


radiant floor

Radiant floor tubing installed


floor and roof SIPs

Concrete floor and roof SIPs installed


wall SIPs

Wall and parapet SIPs installed


interior finishes

Interior constructed. Finishes completed


doors and shades

Curtains, sliding glass doors and Eclipsis System (insulating panels, and shutter shades installed)


PV panels

Photovoltaic panels (PVs) installed


deck and landscape

Deck and landscape assembled on site


plan (closed)

LUMENHAUS features an 800-square-foot, open floor plan meant to be oriented with the entry facing north. The pavilion plan is completely open with a bathroom core providing a barrier between public and private space. When the glass doors and the Eclipsis System is closed, the owner can nestle in the naturally lit space.


plan (open)

Covering the glass doors is the Eclipsis System, comprising two independent sliding layers that operate automatically to maximize energy efficiency. These screens can be closed even if the glass doors are open so the house receives fresh air while blocking out unwanted hot direct light in the summer. When the doors and screen are both completely opened, interior and exterior meld into a seamless transition, delivering a rich transparency of space.


detail section

This detailed section shows LUMENHAUS’s many sliding layers, from the outside in. All layers operate completely independently of each other, permitting multiple potential combinations according to energy efficiency and homeowner mood.

1. Shutter Shade, part of the Eclipsis System. Redefining the traditional shutter as a spatial element and a technological component. The mechanical pattern is generated by an algorithm to simulate mini solar eclipses. Different sized circles are cut out of long-lasting stainless steel with a laser, and then bent forwards and backwards into tabs of different angles, tailored to the location of the screen on the house and site-specific requirements for optimal sunlight dispersion and privacy. When it is closed, its design will be cast into the house as a light-and-shadow pattern to intensify and enrich the space.

2. Insulating Panel, part of the Eclipsis System. A translucent polycarbonate panel filled with Nanogel, a translucent aerogel that is highly insulating, protects LUMENHAUS in inclement weather conditions. The insulating panel also holds light literally and phenomenally, symbolically radiating back the energy collected during the day through a low-energy LED lighting system embedded in the screens.

3. Sliding bug screens keep unwanted insects out of the house.

4. Sliding glass doors. Two full walls of glass maximize the amount of natural light that fills the house during the day. The doors can be opened independently of the Eclipsis System, allowing fresh air to filter through the house without harming energy efficiency.

5. Sliding muslin curtains provide an additional layer of beauty and privacy.


shutter shade elevations

South Façade. The south façade’s Shutter Shade perforations are designed to block direct sunlight while maintaining views to the exterior and privacy to those inside.

North Façade. The north façade’s Shutter Shade perforations are designed in a more porous fashion to allow more indirect, natural sunlight into the house while maintaining views to the exterior and privacy to those inside.