This is illustrated in our most recently completed work – the award winning house at 6 Wood Lane. Here the concept sketches were developed initially from analytical investigations into:
- Elevating living areas above sleeping areas to benefit from views and greater daylight
- Accommodating off road parking space but reclaiming lost floor area above the cars
- Optimising sun penetration into this house as well as the neighbours’ houses
- Considering appropriate construction methods; both in situ and prefabricated
These led to sketches suggesting an orthogonal base to accommodate rectangular beds and the cantilevering elliptical form above for the open plan upper living element. This singular iconic form echoes the individuality of the existing villas that line the southern edge of Wood Lane. Further sketches considered the cost and fabrication benefits of a traditional orthogonal ground retaining masonry base and the lightweight timber prefabricated barrel vaulted monocoque shell for the extraordinary elliptical living area element above.
These concepts were well established before the outline plans and elevations were developed and became the touchstone for the design development and detail enrichment thereafter. Indeed the elliptical plan shape has informed many of the elements within the house including the dining and coffee table and an elliptical peep aperture in the boundary fence to the public footpath from the Underground station. A concept can thus vary in its scale throughout any given project giving it, we hope, a sense of cohesiveness, rigour and richness of detail.