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House in Lincolnshire by Adrian Watson

[FIRST LOOK + IMAGES + DRAWINGS] Adrian Watson of Hopkins Architects is undertaking a solo project to build an artist’s house and studio in Lincolnshire

The scheme, which received planning permission in spring 2007, looks out on the site of Sleaford Castle.

The three bedrooms on the ground floor sit on the southern edge of the building, while wet areas and storage are located on the north. The main living areas are on the first floor to provide better views.

Towards the rear of the site, approval has been given for a painting studio which will be completed at a later date.

Conceptually, Watson has conceived the house as an ‘abstract interpretation of the house as type’, but the proposal is free of detail other than the flush-pointed brickwork. The scheme’s windows will be externally flush-fitted to reduce the relief on the facade, but the glazing has been intentionally proportioned to appear ‘naive’.

Internally, the structural brick will be lime-washed and the building’s portal frame and steel ridge beam in the roof will be left exposed. Watson intends to contrast the house’s robust aesthetic with birch-faced plywood stairs and uses heavy brown felt drapes to separate the entrance lobby from the ground floor hall.

The scheme boasts a number of green features including; an air source heat pump will provide spatial and water heating through under floor heating and a submerged rain-water harvesting tank will supplement demand for toilet flushing, irrigation and a washing machine. Watson is currently looking at using photovoltaic slates on the south facing roof.

The house is intended to be completed in summer 2010.

Readers' comments (23)

  • This psuedo intellectualisation of a house that a developer would be embarrassed about makes the profession look a bit silly. What is the relevance other, other than name dropping, that Watson is from Hopkins?

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  • Crash! Crass! Crap!

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  • Medias are now only interested in having names to publish.
    Wether it's to do with commercial, artistic or now architecture fields, you can't get published in a book or in a mag. if you haven't got your entry card.
    "Welcome to the club".
    David.

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  • What a TEDIOUS builing... (judging from the single image presented without downloading)

    "Conceptually, Watson has conceived the house as an ‘abstract interpretation of the house as type’, but the proposal is free of detail other than the flush-pointed brickwork. The scheme’s windows will be externally flush-fitted to reduce the relief on the facade, but the glazing has been intentionally proportioned to appear ‘naive’."

    I'd interpret that as "cheap and boring"

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  • "Watson has conceived the house as an ‘abstract interpretation of the house as type’, but the proposal is free of detail other than the flush-pointed brickwork. The scheme’s windows will be externally flush-fitted to reduce the relief on the facade, but the glazing has been intentionally proportioned to appear ‘naive’".
    At least taxi's will know where to drop you off when you live near the 'ugliest building in Lincolnshire please mate'.

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  • Would someone please tell whoever created those PDF files how to do them much more efficiently - there's hardly anything on them but the file sizes are enormous!

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  • Having now downloaded the various drawings I'm finding nothing that I can give any praise to. This REALLY looks like a first year student's attempt at a house but it has very little to comment it at all - in any context.

    Apart from the Dining Room widow the house fails to address the rear of the plot at all - and where's the details for the Artist's Studio?

    Only the front door to get in and out of the house - no other way of connecting inside to outside - no balcony space.

    "The scheme boasts a number of green features" - but manages to do without a draught lobby merely using "heavy brown felt drapes ". Why not provide a door!

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  • For "comment" read "commend"...

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  • I think that this building looks rather good - potentially. I'm not sure that it's important whether the architect works for Hopkins or not - it's probably just incidental.

    I know this area well, and I applaud the architect for a building which, once finished, will be subtle and refreshingly prosaic (and I don't mean that in a negative way). The trouble is most observers won't get it (see comments above) and it's not helped by absurd comments from the architect pretending that he's re-invented something (this isn't an abstract interpretation of anything I'm afraid)

    Of course the beauty, and I do think that this could be a beautiful building, will lie in the execution of the (lack of?) detail. A plain, flush pointed wall can be amazing, but the bricks, mortar, reveals and frames must be absolutely perfect....

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  • I think its pure no a nice a scheme, n that

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  • What on earth is this doing on AJ?

    I mean seriously...?

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  • That said, I like the way the downpipe enlivens the facade ; )

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  • This is elementary my dear Watson.

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  • I could live with the pseudointellectual archiblather if it wasn't for the fact that this design is such a dawg. Hopkins bust be hopping mad.

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  • There must have been something in the water(?) when I described the project in the somewhat dubious 'pseudointellectual archiblather'!!
    I do have confidence that the house will be a pleasent place for my family to live and that it will be a good neighbour in a street which has a very eclectic mix of styles.
    As for Roger Higgins comment: I have been struggling to find an appropriate name for the house as consequtive numbers on both sides of the street make a logical numbering impossible, but as you suggest simply 'the ugliest house in Lincolnshire' will be, if nothing else, memorable!
    Keep up the good work.

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  • This house is proof that there should be a mechanism for de-listing of Architects from the ARB for poor design. Someone should send round the Architectural Liason Officer, we've got a crook !

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  • Surely the most offensive thing here are comments such as the above, which only demonstrate total ignorance - if it was mine, i'd remain anonymous too.

    Ty Humbran's post is probably the most valid and at least demonstrates an understand of locale and context.

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  • more disparaging quotes ? oh dear.... but why else did the AJ publish this sorry scheme ? - we fall for it every time.

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  • I like that some sustainable systems like the water and the photovoltaics are being put in place / proposed, i do think more houses need these, but to be honest i do not like the overall look of this building, it doesn't really stand out from the crowd (maybe this is a good thing!) of typical brick houses, its a shame that it does not make more of a statement.

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  • I wonder how did this house hit the news on a respectable online magazine like AJ. If it's going to be printed I will cancel my subscription for sure. Is this guy still working at Hopkins Architects or was he made redundant last month???

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