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Pyramid-shaped glazed roof lets home owners enjoy 360 degree views

Pyramid-shaped glazed roof let...
The Pyramid House has been designed to make the most of the stunning views
The Pyramid House has been designed to make the most of the stunning views
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The Pyramid House's lounge area
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The Pyramid House's lounge area
The Pyramid House's kitchen
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The Pyramid House's kitchen
One of the Pyramid House's bedrooms and a bathroom are located upstairs
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One of the Pyramid House's bedrooms and a bathroom are located upstairs
The Pyramid House's stone-lined wood burner
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The Pyramid House's stone-lined wood burner
The Pyramid House's spiral staircase offers access to the second floor
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The Pyramid House's spiral staircase offers access to the second floor
View from the Pyramid House's uppermost floor
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View from the Pyramid House's uppermost floor
The Pyramid House measures a total of 125 sq m (1,345 sq ft)
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The Pyramid House measures a total of 125 sq m (1,345 sq ft)
The Pyramid House has been designed to make the most of the stunning views
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The Pyramid House has been designed to make the most of the stunning views
The Pyramid House is surrounded by a terraced area
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The Pyramid House is surrounded by a terraced area
The Pyramid House's terraced area offers a flexible outdoor space
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The Pyramid House's terraced area offers a flexible outdoor space
The Pyramid House is surrounded by a terraced area
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The Pyramid House is surrounded by a terraced area
Architectural drawing of Pyramid House
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Architectural drawing of Pyramid House
Architectural drawing of Pyramid House
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Architectural drawing of Pyramid House
Architectural drawing of Pyramid House
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Architectural drawing of Pyramid House
Architectural drawing of Pyramid House
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Architectural drawing of Pyramid House
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It may not hold a candle to its forbears in Egypt, but the Pyramid House, by VOID Architecture, does boast some additions that even the most powerful pharaoh couldn't dream of. The home is topped by a glazed conservatory that offers excellent views of the landscape, while internet-connected systems provide remote control of heating and lighting.

The Pyramid House has a total floorspace of 125 sq m (1,345 sq ft), spread over three floors. The idea for its unusual shape came about when the owner requested a unique home that would make the most out of their plot of land, which is situated between a forest and lake in Finland.

It comprises a prefabricated timber frame and is clad in spruce planks. Inside, the decor is simple and clean, with plain wood throughout. The home includes a kitchen, two bedrooms, a sauna, and two bathrooms. The living room is double-height and its glazed wall faces the lake, while a terraced area surrounds the perimeter to offer a flexible outdoor space.

The most notable area, though, is a glazed observatory on the uppermost floor, which the firm says offers 360 degree views and allows lots of natural light inside.

View from the Pyramid House's uppermost floor
View from the Pyramid House's uppermost floor

"The main feature of the house is the fully glazed observatory at the top of the building," explains the firm. "From here, elevated and unobstructed views of the beautiful surroundings can be enjoyed. This space is conceived to appreciate the peace and quiet offered by the views, but also as a mountain top from where to dominate the internal spaces of the house as a whole."

In addition to a stone-lined wood burner, the Pyramid House has underfloor heating joined to an efficient ground-source heat system. The lighting and heating systems are also automated and connected to the internet, ensuring the home is kept warm and allowing the owners to control it from afar (most likely with an iOS or Android app, though we've no word on the exact tech used).

The Pyramid House began construction in 2015 and was just completed recently.

Source: VOID Architecture

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6 comments
Bob
Who's going to wash the upstairs windows?
Alien
Smart question, Bob - but surely they will have self-cleaning glass - available for about 20% above the cost of the standard type.
Don Duncan
A wood burner + heat pump? Why both?
daniel54
How much would this cost, is it cheaper than a standard wooden build or more expensive?
Nik
Super location. Even a tent would be great in it. In a new build, underfloor heating from a geothermal source, is an obvious, and sensible choice. Solar panels, and a power storage system would allow it to work entirely off grid. If the installation cost, is compared to 20 years of electric grid heating, there must be a saving. The wood burner is just a frivolous, decor feature, which will probably suffer from lack of use, when the 'fun' of carting logs, and cleaning out the stove wanes.
Hasler
So many steps inside and out. No fun if you have a mobility impairment.