Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Folding House by AR Design Studio
September 8th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AR Design Studio
Hampshire based modern architects, AR Design Studio have designed a highly contemporary dream home for a retired client and his son. Showcasing stunning river views from all three levels, the folding design incorporates a blend of indoor and outdoor living spaces that extend out into the landscape and beyond.
Inspired by the site context and defining character, the intention is to minimise the impact on the location and surrounding scenery by embedding the structurein its setting. Thehouse takes on an extension of the undulating landscape, creating a foldingmass that is then occupied by a habitable form.
The concept begins by tracing the existing landform and pathway, which is thencontinued upwards creating an extension to the landscape.
The raw form created is rationalised to function as a habitable structure, with solid elements inserted in all three spaces, offsetting the open plan nature and providing private and sheltered spaces.
The accommodation is split over three floors with only one floor is situated above ground. The other two floors stagger down the site according to the gradient of the landscape.
The ground floor layout contains most of the required living accommodation in an open-plan environment with views of the River Avon across the spaces.
The lower ground floor constitutes largely of bedroom accommodation and is connected to the ground floor via a lift service. The garden level floor comprises a mixture of bedroom and living accommodation.
The folding form will be clad in a long thin grey tile with all horizontal and vertical planes using the same material. This anchors the building to the landscape, and emphasizes its dynamic relationship between its context.
The inserted timber elements offer a more private and sheltered experience, aiming to imitate objects such as trees and other land obstacles along the pathway.
About AR Design Studio
AR Design Studio is an award-winning RIBA certified contemporary architectural practice, based in Winchester, Hampshire, specialising in the delivery of elegant and imaginative modern new homes, extensions, renovations and multi-plot developments.
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