Pioneering House without Windows

The Paxton Locher house (built around 1996) was radical at the time, since it is completely inward looking with no windows on the sides. All light to this challenging site comes from above.

Natural light from many skylights makes the house feel surprisingly well lit. The space is dominated by a large atrium surrounded by open kitchen and a living room with bedrooms on the first floor.

In the second floor there is a very cosy and intimate library/ snug and above it a small roof terrace.

The house design is optimising a challenging, small and restricted site in a prime Clerkenwell Green location. At the time it was a rare way to maximise a small site, but today underground and basement utilisation of small sites in prime locations is a growing trend.

 

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