Reiach and Hall think outside the box with interlocking cuboid home
September 3 2018
Reiach and Hall Architects have secured planning approval for a 170sq/m home for the artist Alan Johnston in Edinburgh, enabling an expected start on site to be made early next year.
Taking the form of two overlapping cuboids the playful geometry allows accommodation to be split between a larger living space and smaller studio, study and library with both elements coming together at a central stair.
Partially embedded into the natural slope of the garden to keep the overall height of the build in check the Gros Max landscape design includes strategically placed plants to work with a muted palette of grey render and stone to further minimising visual intrusion.
In a statement the architects wrote: “Although modest, the Johnston House enables Reiach and Hall to explore architectural ideas at a level that is generally impossible in today’s bureaucratic and controlled procurement environment.
The bespoke home is inspired by a collaborative sculptural piece conceived by Johnston in partnership with Reiach and Hall’s Neil Gillespie, exhibited at the Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds, in 2010.
1. Why would you want to encourage ivy to crawl up the front of a rendered elevation (or is that the "strategically placed plants to work with a muted palette of grey render and stone to further minimising visual intrusion" cough!)
2.If these CGIs are accurate and the house is so close to overhanging trees then a maintenance man is going to need to be up on the roof several times during autumn alone clearing out blocked gutters. Why the flat roof?
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