VISION Issue 50 - Page 29

29 Were you inspired by specific examples of modernism? Alvar Alto. We have so many inspirations. It’s a complex question. You’re always taking from things that you love, things that you’ve looked into and studied. You’re always trying to capture the lessons you’ve learned in a new and fresh way. What was Viridian’s key appeal? Viridian’s the go-to for me. It’s the company I first think of when it comes to glass, and it’s the people I contact to work through the types of glass we should use. They have a great range of products and some really great looking locally sourced products. Their website is very easy to use and the people we contact are always very helpful. There’s a deceptive amount of glass across both levels. Were there many issues with privacy on both sides of the fence? One of the key parts of the brief was privacy coupled with viewing as much garden as possible. We had to consider privacy and outlook at the same time, so the garden is really set-down and cut into the land to provide a private courtyard that is connected to the interior by large panels of glass. Upstairs we’ve screened all the glass to help with privacy. As the architect, what have you brought to this house that others may have missed? There’s such complexity in getting all of the alignments correct, the spaces and volumes right. An amazing amount of time goes into making sure all the spaces are properly proportioned and that the smallest to largest elements are all fully considered. Viewed from the outside, it’s really a single sculptural piece that just sits in place, and that same single sculptural piece also defines a myriad of different interior spaces. “Viewed from the outside, it’s really a single sculptural piece that just sits in place, and that same single sculptural piece also defines a myriad of different interior spaces.” PHIL SNOWDON, ARCHITECT