A new client approached us with an unusual request. He wanted to build his dream house within four years, but didn’t yet have a site or the money. We approached the project in a way that would give him inspiration and a clear goal.
DRAWING INSPIRATION We agreed a fixed fee to develop early stage designs and produce layouts, models and computer images. These were to be presented as eight framed images accompanied by a book showing how the design developed. They were hung in his house, acting as inspiration for him to raise the money needed for the project.
PERFECT DAY With no site, design development began by understanding what the client wanted to achieve with the house, his values and how he wanted to live. Discussions focused on particular routines and moments that would make up a ‘perfect day’. We tried to remove complexities as much as possible from our conversations, to allow him to think and communicate clearly. At the end of the first discussion the client said “Wow, that was like therapy”. These discussions generated the brief and were the basis for spatial connections and qualities of the design.
THE BUILDING The plan layout resolved the particular client needs while its appearance reflects his character. The front elevation is understated but once inside the roof fans up from a single point towards the views. Internal planted courtyards provide more intimate views for the living room and master bedroom.
TWO YEARS ON Two years later and he is well on his way to raising the funds. We have developed our approach, which has been referred to as ‘Architectural Therapy’, with almost all clients to ensure there is a strong, personal and inspiring brief.
If you would like to discuss working with us on your own dream home please get in touch.