TAHA POOLS ITS RESOURCES
This extension to a Grade II*-listed house in west London by Amin Taha Architects - one of the AJ's 40 Under 40 (AJ 16.06.05) - is finally expected to start on site early next year. The scheme, for a couple in Holland Park, was given the go-ahead by Kensington and Chelsea planners almost two years ago and will provide new bedrooms under a glass-bottomed swimming pool and a re-landscaped garden. Describing the project, practice founder Amin Taha said: 'During the day natural light passes through the pool and the 'privacy glazing' of the bedrooms.
At night, when the pool lights are on, you're sent off to sleep to the patterns and refractions of gently lapping water.' He added: 'A simple glass box will enclose the intermediate level changes from the garden into the house. One side of this box will open up fully to allow the water level to lap against the bench seating.' Last month, the practice won the AJ's First Building Award, sponsored by RobinEllis Design and Construction, at the RIBA Stirling Prize awards ceremony in Edinburgh. The Holland Park project is due for completion in 2007.