[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.