Life at this dreamy dwelling is all about self-sustenance with four wood-burning stoves powering the heating needs of the entire house. Wood sourced from the landscape around the house is used here even as an array of photovoltaic panels brings solar energy to this British home. Timeless and yet adapting to changing times this is a makeover that weaves together past present and future!
It is the direction of the wind from the west that defines the main access of the house and its overall silhouette. It is this spatial arrangement that also shapes the floor plan on the inside with two different wings containing the private and public areas of the home.
Despite its contemporary appeal there is an undeniable midcentury vibe running throughout the house and this continues in the bedrooms and bathrooms as well. Smart practical and undeniable timeless!
Nestled in a busy residential neighborhood of the city the was refurbished and revitalized using a smart rear façade crafted using concrete glass wood and brick. Designed by A for Architecture the new addition holds the open living area family zones kitchen and dining space of the house.
The courtyard sits at the heart of the house and a ventilation duct on the second floor brings in light and natural breeze. While hitting the house is gently drawn into the courtyard it is the slightly curved outward roof of the south side that directs the air outside. This also helps in cooling the house naturally on less boisterous days!
Evolution of design and architecture is often accelerated by needs of specific landscapes and unique obstacles presented by local weather in different parts of the globe. Designed to withstand frequent typhoons that are all too common in the region has an innovative silhouette and a specially crafted courtyard that act like a ‘chimney’ for the passage of high speed winds.
White is the color of choice both on the inside and the outside of the house with the shadows dancing across the blank canvas as the day passes. A large wooden deck is connected to the open living area and offers stunning views of the mesmerizing hills that surround the house and beyond.