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Thursday, November 14, 2019
06/11/2018

Peter Zumthor, rural house in Chivelstone (UK)

 
Through large windows and glass panes, the rental vacation house designed by Peter Zumthor frames spectacular views of the southern English landscape, in Devon County. What is the Swiss architect’s first permanent construction in the United Kingdom is part of a series of projects, scattered through England, that Living Architecture, a firm that rents out modern houses to tourists, commissions to architects and designers of renown, such as MVRDV and John Pawson.

After ten years of construction, the house replaces a residence that was demolished in the 1940s, atop a hill, of which only a hexagonal courtyard and 20-meter-tall pine trees remained. The careful design with artisanal details presents thick walls of concrete rammed by hand – which forms distinct layers where each line marks a day’s work – and limestone floors designed with a bespoke pattern that adapts to the dimensions of each slab brought in from the quarry. Thought out for ten people, the one-level construction comprises two wings with five bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, laid out around a central space that includes a kitchen and a living room. The interior surfaces present quality claddings and pure lines, and most of the furniture is designed by Zumthor himself.

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