Merricks Home / Aktis Architects
Textual content description offered by the architects. The design of this undertaking was a journey of discovery. The unique idea was half submerged within the rise of the panorama. Because the idea navigated all of the difficult situations of the positioning/setting and price range, a contradictory technique emerged. There appeared no purpose to cover the constructing within the panorama. It was situated in a rural setting, not in a pure forest. The constructing took on a monumental type of materiality and construction, anchored with unapologetic power of presence into its panorama.
The positioning was predominantly flat with a peak stage change of roughly three meters alongside its northern aspect. That is the place the constructing was set. Aside from the necessity to find the constructing above the flood plain, the orientation of the positioning introduced a design problem. With expansive views throughout native vegetation to the south, the architectural response was to open the home to those views and concurrently create the chance of introducing skylights and courtyards to scrub the inside with northern daylight.
The constructing consists of two interconnected raking roofs, every sitting above a masonry field. The spatial planning and a concrete and metal construction and framing system, give the constructing its visible power and outline the architectural language. The uncooked materiality of the construction continues within the remedy of each inside and exterior finishes which mirror the consumer’s need for uncooked and pure supplies (timber, stone, concrete, and metal) in lieu of plasterboard or painted surfaces. Masonry parts outline the type of the constructing whereas timber is used extensively to inject richness and heat into the inside areas. Skylights and courtyards deliver northern gentle into the constructing.
The plan supplies for a linear configuration of areas that eliminates circulation areas and corridors. The structural grid system creates a way of order whereby the constructing sits in distinction to the panorama. The colonnade of columns, which runs alongside the lengthy face of the constructing, is separated by expansive home windows which distinction to the robust masonry varieties elsewhere.