Living Architecture Under Construction
1. MVRDV | Balancing Barn, Suffolk.
Gizmodo wondered how its 15-meter cantilevered half wouldn’t tip over and squash the girl and idling sheep nearby, but structural engineer (for all 5 projects) Jane Wernick assures that “To stop the building from tipping over the cantilever is counter-balanced with the additional weight of a 400mm thick reinforced concrete slab and a footing.”
2. Hopkins Architects | The Long House, North Norfolk.
The leading British firm was inspired by the classic, flint walled barns of North Norfolk. “We hope to achieve a house that is of it’s region, in terms of form and materials, built to the best sustainable practice.” Im guessing (hoping) they only partly demolished what looks like an existing one?
3. NORD | Shingle House, Dungeness, Kent.
Basically a replica of the local vernacular style, the timber and concrete house can be sealed with shutters from the fierce winds, while the prefab base anchors it to the unstable shingle bed.
4. Jarmund and Vigsnæs Architects | In-Between House, Suffolk.
Characterized by its complicated roof structure, the concrete, glass and aluminum ground floor relates to the masses of the ground, and the dark stained wooden-clad upper floor reflects the existing gables and sheds common to this seaside area.
5. Peter Zumthor | Secular Retreat, Chivelstone, Devon.
For the revered Pritzker-prize-winner, this will be his first project in the UK. Built with what looks like earth-covered, natural stone slabs, the jagged retreat looks prehistoric and timeless all at once. Wouldn’t mind doing some secular meditation there myself.
The houses will supposedly be available for rental later this year. For more, visit the blog.