4 Views is a private residence designed by AR Design Studio in Winchester, England, completed in 2014.
4 Views By AR Design Studio:
“Situated in a prominent location overlooking the city of Winchester and its beautiful surrounding countryside stands Four Views. This unique upside-down build contrasts with its conventional neighbors, displaying a flat overhanging roof, dark grey brick, cedar cladding, and grey aluminum framed windows.
In 2011, we were approached by a couple wishing to build a new house. They wanted a life experience to immerse themselves in; having recently lost a daughter, a project would give them a positive focus and a fresh start for themselves and their family.
Taking responsibility for their brief very seriously, research into building a house that could help them move forward, heal and bring them happiness began. Through extensive research, we found a wealth of information on the connection between good architecture and its positive effects on restoring health. We were given a ‘free hand’ with its design, around a wish for a garden within.
The conceptual drive behind his house was the principle of the 3 N’s: Nature, Natural light, and Natural air. Four interlocking boxes define the form of the replacement house; the enclosed space at their center forms a ‘Zen’ garden, with a single olive tree at its heart. This simple layout became the foundation on which the principles of the 3N’s could be built, allowing them to be incorporated into all aspects of the design.
A connection to nature has long been believed as good for one’s body and soul. This house connects with nature through three stunning, far-reaching views of the South Downs. The long views inspire the couple to look forward to the future, the courtyard giving space for inward private, and reflective times. Subsequently, the house has become known as 4 Views.
The extensive glazing of walls, roof lights, and open central garden allow natural light to flood the upper floor, giving a generous feeling of space. Large sliding panels of glass to the primary elevation and courtyard ensure natural ventilation and also a free flow of natural fresh air. The skylights create an enchanting backdrop to the interior, the areas constantly alive with light and shadow from passing clouds, stimulating a continual connection to the elements.
The bedrooms and snug are intentionally darker, giving a cozier retreat downstairs. Views from here frame the garden, contrasting the extended views from the first floor and, in turn, emphasizing the ground floor as a private retreat for the family. The courtyard, large balcony, and huge covered patio are all designed to offer healthy outdoor living options regardless of the weather.
The materials and fittings are simple and natural to evoke and promote a sense of calm. The cedar cladding wraps the house internally and externally, and the delicate scent from this creates a beautiful tranquil place to live in.”
Photos by: Martin Gardner
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