The Courtyard

A 1990’s live-work unit has become a house through the reconfiguration of the spaces, both horizontally and vertically. The interior is allowed to flow throughout the ground floor and up through a sculpted void to the first floor level.

The project attempts to reverse the modernist strategy of creating a reductive, functional diagram of domestic existence with any decoration neutralised to conform to the aesthetic. Here the spaces are treated wilfully, but starting from cues suggested by small personal details of the inhabitant’s life.

Key facts

  • Shortlisted for Architect's Journal Small Projects award
The kitchen has a concrete worktop and teak veneered cabinet fronts
View into the library space. The long handles are light switches