We are delighted to be shortlisted in the AJ & James Hardie contest to design an innovative playhouse on a Berkeley Homes site. Our house of colour appears to unfold from the ground and combines a lively landscape and a timber folly clad in a mix of colourful planks - some perforated to allow glimpses, light and sound to pass through.
Inspired by Bruno Taut’s interest in coloured architecture and Gio Ponti’s use of colour and pattern, our proposal attempts to bring geometry and colour in a playful composition. The house of colour appears to unfold from the ground and combines a lively landscape and a timber folly clad in a mix of colourful planks - some perforated to allow glimpses, light and sound to pass through. Children can climb up the sloped surfaces, slide down, peak through the structure, play hide and seek with the pattern and colour leading their way in and around the house. The arrangement of the tiles and colour combination will also create a sense of perspectival illusion with some surfaces appearing to be 3-dimensional encouraging children to discover the architecture through game themselves. The house can be digitally fabricated with James Hardie products cut to size and assembled together with the timber frame structure in components off site. This method of construction will ensure fast assembly on site and ease of repetition on various locations as required. We would also like to ensure that the house can be disassembled, stored safely and re-used.
London, UK 2017
Client: AJ/ James Hardie
Project Status: Shortlisted/ Final judging due in September 2017