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.
30th anniversary event
CSTJ30: Yesterday and Today
Live-stream from London
19 November 2020
Boston, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John
Alan Baxter and Associates
Henton and Son
Hélène Binet, Oliver Godow