Black House

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture
Firm LocationWinchester, United Kingdom
CompanyAr Design Studio
Lead ArchitectAndy Ramus
Design TeamLaura Locke

Black House is a private new build house in
Kent, completed in the summer of 2017
by Winchester-based architects AR Design
Studio. The rectangular massing was
divided into blocks by key site axes, a view
from the pool to a large populus
tree, and a previous path to the site. Each
block is linked to a distinct aspect
of the garden, with a final connecting view
provided from the roof of a brick
tower. The volumes were separated to create a
central courtyard, with a
cantilevering roof to tie the modules
together. With each block linking to a
different part of the garden, a journey around
the functions of the house is
experienced. The kitchen/diner is a 7.3m
cantilevering room facing east to capture
the morning sun. With floor-to-ceiling sliding
glass doors, the orientation
provides expansive views across the orchard
and vineyard. A panoramic horizontal
window influenced by Margate frames the view
from the formal dining room across
the formal front lawn. The final aspect is the
bedrooms, which are offered privacy
and seclusion by the proximity of the woodland
to rear of the house.