Natural light has been embraced to inform and direct the development
London Regional Award 2019
Gianni Botsford Architects for private client
Contract value: Undisclosed
Located in the back garden of a 19th century townhouse, a wondrous single storey pavilion-like structure sits within a garden. Light wells integrated in the landscape maximise light to floors below. A sculptural, funnel-shaped copper roof appears to float above walls of full height glazing. Its oculus allows light to track around the ground floor living area. From here a suspended wooden staircase leads down to the bedrooms below. These receive light from two generous greenery-filled light wells that permeate down to the depth of two floors. At every turn, the quality and refinement of the materials palette and deftness of detailing is apparent. The home offers a clever response to a unique set of circumstances, where natural light has been embraced to inform and direct the development of an accomplished piece of architecture.