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