Saturday, April 7, 2007

Ken Shuttleworth

Ken Shuttleworth designed this gorgeous piece of modern architecture in 1996 to replace the family weekend cottage in Wiltshire, England.

The house consists of two crescents that are placed side by side with a gallery space in between. The main crescent consists of a wall of curving glass that faces the garden, with an open plan living, dining, recreation area. Behind it, the other crescent consists of five bedrooms with a solid wall to the rear.

The gentle curve of the glass lends itself to the rural landscape, almost as if two arms were extending into it. Its shape also shields the garden from the wind. Apparently, deer, badgers, pheasants and foxes wander right up to the glass.