Bubblewrap Colonial Addition

Michael Ermann, a tenured faculty member of Virginia’s Tech School of Architecture + Design, added a floating luminous dining room to his 90-year-old brick colonial home. To retain heat in the wintertime, he used an unlikely building material: bubble wrap.

He created sandwich panels he is calling “Fiz” by layering UV-resistant bubble wrap between layers of glass. These translucent insulative panels aren’t intended to replace the building’s windows, but instead replace the opaque wall, storm door, or window shade.

The idea of daylight runs counter to the idea of insulation. For about a decade Michael's been chasing a way to reach both simultaneously in the lab. No one would let him try it out on their house, so he put the concept in his own. 2.5 years into this experiment and it’s working so far. Even on a cold day, the walls feel warm and let a beautiful quality of light in the room.

For more about Fiz, visit www.fizwall.com

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Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck. The exterior of the bubblewrap addition. Photo  of Bubblewrap Colonial Addition

The exterior of the bubblewrap addition.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Chair. Bubble wrap addition from outside, looking south. Photo 2 of Bubblewrap Colonial Addition

Bubble wrap addition from outside, looking south.

Modern home with Living Room, Bar, Recessed Lighting, Stools, Marble Floor, Ceiling Lighting, and Shelves. The interior of the bubblewrap addition.  Photo 3 of Bubblewrap Colonial Addition

The interior of the bubblewrap addition.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck. Bubble wrap addition exterior  Photo 5 of Bubblewrap Colonial Addition

Bubble wrap addition exterior

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Grass, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck. Bubble wrap addition exterior Photo 6 of Bubblewrap Colonial Addition

Bubble wrap addition exterior

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Coffee Tables, and Light Hardwood Floor. Use of Fiz in window shutter Photo 7 of Bubblewrap Colonial Addition

Use of Fiz in window shutter

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Nighttime transparency of addition

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Corten fire pit

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Routed custom door pull inspired by the Mobius strip Photo 15 of Bubblewrap Colonial Addition modern home

Routed custom door pull inspired by the Mobius strip

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Custom door pull inspired by Olson Kundig's hardware

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