Located on a steep slope hillside at 14 Kenmure Drive, Christchurch, the site is challenging but not unachievable especially in regards to geological survey provided. Having consulted our engineers, in this day and age rock excavation methods are quite advanced at a relative low cost like for example: reusable, non-flammable, and non-toxic Cardox CO² system controlled gas expansion rock breaking technology. It allows for the targeted fracturing required to peel away the hard stone to whatever shape. The “on site” crushed stone is then used to build up the required retaining walls (see perspectives).
Christchurch is located on a highly sensitive seismic zone which requires designs for new builds to conform to existing legislation, hence our approach to “onsite” high-quality cast reinforced concrete build with snow white plaster finish.
In our experience of almost 30 years there is a difference between architects and builders which is exemplified in the interpretation of the given brief. The architects will take the brief and “translate” it in their own style when builders will respect the brief but they will “translate” the quality.
We have to admit to deliberately ignoring the brief of this competition to create, in our opinion, a unique character family home and above all an icon. Why an icon? An ICON, because like all architects on this planet, we are snobs-aspiring-to be-famous by building crazy form shaped buildings that we believe in our funny shaped brain that will change the history of this planet. As it is a competition the chances of winning are probably 100 to 1, hence, taking a design risk.
In terms of design, we intended to maximise the views from every corner of the house, and create a beautiful surrounding area (garden and infinity swimming pool with Jacuzzi). We also understand that the family does not have yet children but planning to have, hence the office space next to the master bedroom that can be transformed easily into a nursery and later on the children can move upstairs in their own bedrooms.
The workshop: with limited information about the nature of activity performed in this workshop, we allowed a construction space between the house and the retaining wall to be used as workshop, the construction being a simple structural glazing system with the structure being supported by the retaining wall and the house.
We are based in London, UK. An “atelier” of artists pretending to be architects pretending to be very good at what we do, still believing that architecture is a form of art.
So, why is heaven considered to be a perfect place?
[i]Because there are no architects to screw up the design [/i]
Copyright Atelier CMD, London, 9/02/2016
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