A Beautiful House
Competition entry for a new house in the Home Counties, England, working with FFLO
‘Design A Beautiful House’ was an international design competition seeking design proposals for a new home located on a 91Ha site within London’s metropolitan green belt. The brief asked for design responses to demonstrate a concept of beauty while providing a home that responded to the programmatic brief for the required accommodation.
Our submission took as its starting point the notion that a beautiful house must please all of the senses, but also the intellect. It must inspire intrigue and fantasy, and speak of itself as a world within the world.
The external expression, and internal spaces of our project are organized within an over-arching order, a classical order, which represents a universal approach to the containment of space and an architectural expression which transcends a subjective notion of beauty. It represents the ideals and aspirations of a timeless architecture.
We have sought a certain monumentality in our design, which is a recognition of the fundamental importance of home, and which in its physical form may be both weighty and immaterial. In an intellectual sense, the project may be read as a direct descendent of homes ancient and modern, refined and awkward, noble and humble. In a physical sense, the building shimmers across the lake’s surface, and at certain points in the house the arrangement of windows will allow the walls to fall away in perception, giving a sensation of hovering over the lake and parkland.