Kaleido House, Hampstead, London
Gianni Botsford Architects
Project status: Current
The kaleidoscopic patterns offer a lot of environmental variations and thus, it invites for series of activities and places to choose from, depending on the weather conditions and the mood.
None of this, though, is fully revealed to the outside world as the outer walls melt in the surrounding and they also lack openings visible from outside. The light is coming mainly from above or from the window walls towards the inner open rooms as in an atrium structure (open to the core). The proposal, therefore, offers a moment of surprise when discovering the interesting inner environment.
Using reflections, shadows and the shape of 60° triangles this dilapidated garage site will be turned into a playful and intimate single family house. The visualizations show interesting triangular skylights and small open spaces on different floor levels in harmony with the available light and vegetation.
The design is intended with a high level of privacy. The view is directed mainly to the patios and as the big window towards the street is placed on the upper floor, a person in the house could see outside but from a street level the opposite is much harder. The street facade is hard-edged and non-interactive. In sunny days this changes as the walls perform a “reflective” function through the shadows of what is on the street.