Hesmondhalgh House

Hesmondhalgh House

Hesmondhalgh

Studio Bednarski
Copyright: J & C.M. Bednarski


This building is a journey, starting with a dark and mystifying entrance sequence. Moving through the house, light comes in from both sides (an astounding amount, considering the site is largely buried), and a series of spaces and views is revealed in a sequence of volumes, which contrive to be both exciting and entirely legible, both lofty and comfortable. The house is a sophisticated piece of space-making, in which two facing sets of stairs, on either side of an elegant bridge are mirrored by a further two externally; this symmetry is not wilful, but rather it is meaningful and poetic. The house’s direct relationship with the garden makes one want to re-evaluate the standard British house type, making this the norm, rather than the exception.

 

 
 
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