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Where Architects Live | Richard Found


With an interior that is minimal but warm – often due to the natural elements such as the characterful stone and the irregular stacks of wood for the fire – it provides a context of calm. “I instantly relax upon arrival at the property. The tranquillity and isolation definitely provide the perfect backdrop conducive to creative thinking,” he says. ‘It’s the perfect place to write, paint, and design, as well as being a place where we love to entertain as a family. It is the tonic required for our frenetic lives in London.”

 

This feature originally appeared in est Magazine issue #43.



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Designed to Live At One with Nature

Designed to Live At One with Nature



Nature lovers, prepare to be wowed! Dutch designer Caspar Schols has taken the indoor-outdoor living concept to a whole new level with Cabin ANNA: a hybrid cabin designed to bridge the gap between traditional camping and a log cabin. 

So, where did the idea come from? Caspar Schols had just finished a university degree in physics when his Mother asked him to build a garden cabin. With no architectural education, Casper drew on his vision to create a 'dynamic connection between man, nature and home'. The cabin should be a 'flexible space where she could read or paint, organise family dinners, and where her grandchildren could give theatre performances- But above all else, the cabin had to bring her closer to nature.' The idea for cabin ANNA was born. 

The structure is made up of a central conservatory nestled between two permanent structures and works in much the same way as you might dress for the weather - peeling away layers as the clouds clear and the temperature rises.  

Great walls slide back to reveal the open-sky - under which you can sleep, bathe, read and gather. 

On chillier days, the structure can be covered and a wood burning stove - helps to heat the space, all the while still ensuring you feel at one with nature. 

Casper's design received instant worldwide recognition and a flurry of awards generated partnerships which meant he was able to build different variations - some of which are available to purchase (with the option of an on-grid or off-grid versions). Meanwhile, guests are invited to book Cabin ANNA for an overnight stay in several different locations around Holland. I'm there! 

Simply incredible! I only wish I'd known about this concept before we started to build our tiny cabin  (update to follow soon - we're making great progress!). It's not too late to incorporate a sunken bath in the outdoor decking though, right? Remember the Danish summer cottage one?

Could you imagine staying here? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the indoor-outdoor living concept!

Såååå, That's it from me this week. Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your comments - I might not always be quick to respond, but I love to read each and very one of them. Right now it feels even more important to be a part of a community that's based on peace, love and respect - and I thank you all for helping to create that right here. 

Stor kram (big hug to you all), 

Niki



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Where Architects Live | Lachlan McArdle


When asked about his favourite space in the home, Lachlan says it’s the living room. “The volume that the double-height void creates just feels so comfortable,” he says. “The amount of light we get in the Eastern end is beautiful. Direct sunlight floods the living room, kitchen, and in winter, as far back as the dining room in the morning.” The bathtub upstairs is also another favourite spot, with the poll-shaped skylight above reflecting the shape of the bath. “At midday, the sunlight forms an arch on the tiles, reflecting the mirror adjacent,” he adds. 



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Where Architects Live | Kyra Thomas


The stripped-back material palette speaks to Kyra’s approach to design. A lover of natural light, the architect repeated a natural palette of limestone, oak, carpet and linen curtains throughout that she says combine to create a softness that offsets the minimal architectural forms. Cladding the bathroom in just one material – sand-blasted limestone – has led to an atmosphere that the architect says is both Brutalist and soft. “The bathrooms are completely spa-like with full-length skylights bringing diffuse, natural light from above,” she adds. 

Kyra says you can immediately feel the time and season in each room depending on the light quality. “There was so much light that we decided halfway through the build to remove all ceiling lights from the project,” Kyra says. “Using floor to ceiling full-width openings and carefully considered skylights – we enjoy a glorious variety of light throughout the day.” 



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Where Architects Live | William Smart


As with William’s previous studio, arranged around the art of model-making, here, staff are literally surrounded by maquettes, all constructed in Balsawood and painted white, like the pristine white walls dotted with plans and schemes. Finely curated like William’s bespoke homes, apartments and commercial projects, even the staff computers and materials appear recessive in the individual black laminated alcoves.



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Where Architects Live | Hannah Tribe


When reflecting on the concept of prefab homes, Hannah admits it’s a long-held architects’ dream – ever since Le Corbusier’s modular Dom-Ino House, designed in 1914. “How we apply the logic of the industrial age to domestic construction to deliver better quality for lower cost is a seductive idea that has tempted generations of architects,” Hannah says. 

In recent years, there’s been an increasing shift to a prefabricated way of working, where windows and doors are often manufactured off-site and joinery brought into a new project almost finished. “Our house seeks to extend this logic into the pre-cutting of timbers and pre-machining of joints to allow all-timber construction in remote sites where architectural building craft may not be available,” Hannah explains. “It’s designed to standard grids and lengths to avoid cutting and waste – it is very humble but still resolved.”



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Where Architects Live | Bart America


Bart says the outdoor area is also one of his favourite places to be. He says they often find themselves gathering around the outdoor fireplace, even on chillier evenings. “It’s directly connected to the kitchen area, which sometimes leads to (not always successful) cooking experiments – often to the entertainment of guests.” The pool was also designed as more of an element of the garden Bart explains than a pool. “By using black colours for the inside of the pool, daylight and the green of the garden reflect naturally and not a more ‘Hockney-esk’ way which would be too dominant for our liking,” he says. “The pool blends in nicely with its surroundings while connecting with the home’s architecture.”



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Where Architects Live | Felipe Hess


Brazilian architect Felipe Hess has forged an impressive portfolio – in its breadth of scale, aesthetic and intent. One of Felipe’s earliest projects in the architect’s home city of São Paulo, Casa Pinheiros, was first released in 2013 and remains just as unaffected by time and trends today. 

Felipe’s home is located in São Paulo’s exclusive area of Jardim Paulistano – meaning ‘gardens’ in Portuguese, known for its lush greenery. While close to the city centre, the architect says it’s a calm contrast. 

Originally designed by architect Rodolpho Ortenblad in 1957, Felipe Hess restored and evolved the mid-century home to share with his wife Cris, a fashion designer, their 7-year-old son Otto and white boxer dog, Gastão. Reflecting the creative minds of those that live there, the home is a treasure trove of Danish design, enlivened by light and greenery.



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Where Architects Live | SJB Director Adam Haddow


Adam intentionally arranged the floorplan around the sky to maximise the light flow where possible. The entrance hall and bathrooms are punctuated with skylights. At the same time, the main kitchen, living and dining area sees a number of deep ‘cuts’ within the walls, establishing a connection to the outdoors and dissolving the interior/exterior interface. 

The home embraces the qualities of open plan living, but simultaneously, Adam says, creates rooms and corridors to lend the experience a level of formality. “It was important that the apartment layout created a sense of drama, achieved through the inclusion and exclusion of light and aspect to create a journey and sequence of space,” Adam adds.



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