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Crescent House
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Designing outside the box

Crescent House

  • Location Wiltshire, UK
  • Status Built
  • Service Architecture
  • Sector Residential
  • Area 280m²/3,000ft²
  • Client Confidential

Our creative clients didn’t want to live in a box. They wanted a house that sheltered and protected their family but allowed them to connect to their surroundings as well.

So we designed Crescent House. It’s formed of two nested crescents connected by a curving gallery space that runs between them. The outer crescent contains bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas, and presents a solid wall to the adjacent road. The inner one, meanwhile, is devoted to shared family activities, and remains bright and airy all day, with a full-height concave glass wall that draws in the early morning sun and provides views across the Downs all the way to the White Horse in the distance.

The result is a house that’s both private and open – a house that connects and responds to its environment, allowing the people living there to feel connected too.

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By abandoning the conventional box-like form of domestic buildings, the architect has created a unique home, which, while striking in appearance, also provides bright, practical living spaces well shielded from passers-by.
Cathy Strongman
Author, 100 Houses: Modern Designs for Contemporary Living
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Shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, this elegant family home in Wiltshire is formed of two nested crescents that create shelter and sanctuary.

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