Hampshire, United Kingdom – AR Design Studio

Project Year :     2017
Developed Area :     400.0 m2
Photographs :    Martin Gardner

Black House brings together some of Kent’s architectural landmarks into one design. One of the main inspirations is the Sissinghurst Castle Garden. It was translated into four different garden sections providing four different experiences.

The rectangle-shaped house is divided into blocks with different views of the garden.
The rectangle-shaped house is divided into blocks with different views of the garden.

The home’s rectangular shape is divided into blocks. Each block forms a close connection with the outdoors, specifically the garden. A lone brick tower reminiscent of castle turrets provide sweeping views of the sprawling garden area.

The monotony of the white walls are broken by neutral-colored accents.
The monotony of the white walls are broken by neutral-colored accents.

The all-white interiors provide a wonderful contrast to black-clad façade. The monotony is broken by neutral-colored accents here and there. Black House is a contemporary home inspired by classic and timeless design.

Notes from the Architect:

This four bed family house sits in the heart of the Kent countryside surrounded by mature trees and gardens.

The house encompasses a mixture of framed and linear views across four carefully sculpted gardens that aim to each capture a piece of the surrounding landscape.

Inspired by the building and land topography of Dungeness, located on the south Kent coast, this house is a collection of five modules clustered around a central courtyard. The Black House’s rectangular massing was divided into blocks by key site axes, a view from the pool to a large populus tree, and a previous path to the site. Each block is linked to a distinct aspect of the garden, with a final connecting view provided from the roof of a brick tower. These volumes are all connected by the central courtyard, an area of extensive glazing allowing light and fresh air to continually penetrate the house, and provide year round sheltered outdoor space.

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