structure/plans

We want the small house to give licence, and we build a sin­gle big room that extends fully from ground to gable, from bound­ary to bound­ary.  Library, kitchens, wet rooms, and util­i­ties are tightly con­sol­i­dated into one gable wall. We like per­me­abil­ity between out­side and inside and we punc­ture the walls with a dense grid of win­dows with ver­nac­u­lar pro­por­tions. We aim for a pref­er­en­tial domes­tic eye level, and place the occu­pants on a rock podium. We desire pri­vacy and sus­pend a sleep­ing cas­ket between the gable walls. We enjoy our urban sur­round­ings and top the cas­ket with a sky-lit sky-deck.  The house sug­gests a tri­adic space, the parterre grounds while the sky-deck ele­vates and in between life’s jour­ney takes a rest in the sandstone-boat, even­tu­ally glid­ing out of the house — dizzy between the sheets …

 

“… the new house imper­fectly maps itself onto the para­me­ters of the con­ven­tional world. Its order is emer­gent, open-ended and incom­plete as it play­fully adds things up, pro­lif­er­ates and crosses thresh­olds in defi­ance of sta­ble mean­ings and order…”.

Cather­ine Boyer, Liv­ing Room, AA Pub­li­ca­tions, London