Life in the midst of nature, has always had a magical, inspiring quality. To create a peaceful home in natural surroundings as a balance to the hectic world of work in the city is a lifestyle ambition which many people find especially appealing. These thoughts were the starting-point for the discussion with a family of four, who had chosen an extensive wooded site on a slope for the realisation of their plan to build themselves a home of distinctive character.
The objective was a house designed sensitively enough to harmonise with its natural surroundings, leaving intact the mature trees and the whole forest-like atmosphere of the setting. The building was to feel wide open to the changing natural seasons and the sunlight, drawing them close into the family’s everyday home life. It was to be an ecologically responsible building, capable of functioning sustainably with minimum demand on resources.
Research involving a large number of variations, models and simulations prepared the way for agreement with the clients on an appropriate overall concept. Completed in spring 2006, the house in question is testimony to the thoroughness of the planning process, and points the way forward to new solutions for life in harmony with nature.