Ok I’m done. I’m officially over this weather. Not while I have to work and function and think about anything more taxing than where the next drink/meal/book is coming from. So this house has been chosen purely because when I saw the first picture on the site (which is the second one here) I immediately wanted to go in and lie down on those cool concrete floors.
See what I mean? It’s on the market with The Modern House for £1,250,00 and I imagine it won’t appeal to everyone but I’m sitting here typing in 34 degrees and barring a seaside villa in Italy I can think of nothing nicer than this. So I’m going in, anyone coming?
It has only just been finished by Takero Shimazaki Architects, and the cool, almost monastic interiors are not what you expect from the exterior chestnut cladding. It’s in north west London, a short way from Kensal Rise and was inspired, apparently by JW Turner’s painting Interior of an Italian Church.
The entrance door is hidden in the chestnut fence which is going to drive the pizza delivery man mad so don’t buy it if you’ve got a Deliveroo habit. Once inside there are more arches leading out onto the small courtyard garden and the shape has been used for internal doors as well creating wonderful shadows when the sun comes in.
It’s arranged over two floors with the kitchen and living room both opening onto that courtyard, which also has an outdoor shower in it. There is also a utility room. So it’s got everything you need – as long as you only need one bedroom.
The study space above has a glass floor which floods the kitchen below with light and this is where the bedroom and bathroom are also situated. Although the study is suggested as a second bedroom it doesn’t have a door and the stairs, with a beautiful brass handrail, come directly up to that area so it’s not a bedroom that could be used everyday but would work for the odd guest.
The bathroom also has brass fittings as well as this wall of gorgeous green tiles and the architect has repurposed a bird bath as the basin. As I said, it’s not for everyone but it’s perfect for today and good to see something completely different – might spark the old brain back into life. Mine has definitely melted.
What do you think? I think it would work in winter because you could add more rugs – maybe hang them on the walls, and you’d still have all the lovely shadows from winter sun. As ever, join the conversation in the comments below.