For those of us who aren’t farmers, daylight savings time really sucks. We go to work in the dark and return home after the sun has set — we’re lucky to soak up a few rays on our lunch break.
The Photon Project, a U.K. start-up company, is examining the impact natural light has on our bodies. They’ve built an all-glass modular home that will (quite literally) expose its inhabitants to the benefits of sunlight.
The units are built out of smart glass panes positioned around curved metal beams. The glass is double-glazed and able to block out the majority of infrared rays and all UV rays. It also blocks out 85 per cent of external sound, in case your glass house neighbors are of the rowdier sort. Through an iPhone app, residents are able to turn the glass from transparent to translucent, for privacy or simply to get some shut-eye.
Oxford University neuroscientist, Russell Foster, will be using the Photon Space to study their effect on our circadian rhythms, or biological clocks. However, the project was originally intended for use in the wellness tourism market, as exposure to sunlight is known to relieve stress, insomnia, low energy, depression, lowered libido and jet lag.
A luxurious, fully furnished 484 square foot dwelling has been designed, outfitted with a living room, double bedroom, integrated kitchen and bathroom. To make their dream a reality, The Photon Project has turned to CrowdCube, an online fundraising platform, to target potential investors.