Private House, Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom 1993–1994
This small house stands in fenland on the edge of a village near Boston. The site was distinctive for its sheltered position, with a wide northern panorama over flat fields. On the south side, towards the village, the new house makes a group with an old brick barn and mature trees, to enclose a densely planted and sheltered garden. The biggest windows of the house look north to the horizon and over the first field, which has now been cultivated by the clients as a wildflower meadow.
The major living space is conceived as a ‘hall’, around which the kitchen and bedrooms are all gathered under the vault of the roof. This dramatic dome-like space gives the house a strong centre from which to look out over the expanse of the Fenlands. The plan is compact, providing generous social spaces within a limited floor area.
The house has a faceted shape, higher towards the distant views to the north, and lower to the garden. The windows are of different sizes and appear randomly positioned, giving the house a strange scale and a naive quality akin to a child's drawing. The window openings are made with galvanised steel frames that cover the reveal of the brick wall, giving the brickwork the quality of a veneer, and making the walls seem sheer. The resulting volume takes its place within the simple and direct character of the buildings of the agricultural landscape.
Boston, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John
Alan Baxter and Associates
Henton and Son
Hélène Binet, Oliver Godow