As part of the annual ‘Open House’ weekend in London, we managed to get a peak into the beautiful home of architect Laura Dewe Mathews who build and designed her own home in Hackney, East London out of solid cross-laminated timber.
“Nicknamed the Gingerbread House by neighbours, the two-storey house sits behind the reconstructed wall of a former Victorian box factory and its tall windows overlap the mismatched brickwork…The architect drew inspiration from decorative vernacular architecture in Russia to design the cedar-shingle facade, then added windows framed by thick galvanised steel surrounds…To avoid overlooking neighbouring houses, all windows had to be placed on the north-facing street elevation, so Dewe Mathews also added a large skylight to bring in natural light from above…A double-height kitchen and dining room sits below this skylight on one side of the house and opens out to a small patio. The adjoining two-storey structure contains a living room on the ground floor, plus a bedroom, bathroom and small study upstairs..”
Ausbau Apartment Wiesbaden is a minimalist house located in Wiesbaden, Germany, designed by Studio Oink. A small apartment in a popular area in Wiesbaden, familiarly, quiet and bright, these were some wishes of the flat owners. The designers created a light atmosphere with a touch of nature by using natural materials and old furniture.
They painted the walls in “grey” and “patina” to make it more open and roomy. They also exposed the original wood flooring and placed ceramic tiles with a special finish on the kitchen wall. Most furniture is tailor-made for each room, so that the owner would have plenty of storage for the small apartment.
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The house of Luo Baogen and his wife who refused to accept an unfair compensation for relocating and stubbornly remained living in their flat as allowed by law, forcing developers to refrain from tearing down their side of this apartment building Xiazhangyang, a village in Zhejiang province, China and eventually building the planned 4 lane highway around the house itself. / Photographs courtesy of AFP/Reuters/Getty Images
Tilty Hill Residence, Thaxted, Essex, UK / 18th century Dutch barn conversion by British minimalist architect John Pawson. This tranquil barn represents one of Pawson’s most significant projects and is a hallmark for modern day minimalism. It is also available to rent at The Wow House Company.