House in the Woods
This site, in the heart of East Devon, is exceptional, and deserving of a design that makes the very best it can from the beautiful landscape around it. Set amongst mature deciduous woodland, with a view to the north of the Blackdown hills, the topography, sun-path, and great seclusion were both wonderful challenges and an opportunities not to be missed.
I started by trying to understand the site thorough sketches, trying to capture essences of the site: feelings, instincts, intangibles; the poetic qualities of the place. My work at this stage is simply to understand what will occupy this space and place, working with it to, enable a day to day experience of it that is unique to that place.
This progressed to sketch models, which I use as freely and experimentally as possible, playing with, angles, planes, apertures, working to crystallise ideas from the sketchbook in to a physical forms.
Objectives emerged: movement through the site, glimpses from front to back, and anti-monolithic approach to the house. Plans were attempted, amended, and after a process of consultation with my (excellent) client, a design was reached.
Planning permission was achieved in spring 2017, and construction will start in the summer.
There is a lot to say about this building: its geometries, sustainability, materials, massing, and so on. But for now, I need to get on a build it.