797 SubTerra

Valchynn Tong


Within the context of the surrounding low-rise and single-family home environment, 797 SubTerra aims to preserve and complement the character of the existing neighborhood by partially recessing the building and landscape into the site, creating contrasting outdoor experiences by experimenting with level change.

Responding adaptively to environmental conditions, the north and east-facing facades exhibit high porosity for ample natural light and reduced porosity on the southern facing facades. This approach enhances energy efficiency by minimizing heat gain and the amount of energy needed to maintain a comfortable internal temperature.