There aren't many homes that can boast the same historical significance as this house. Capel Manor House is situated in an Italianate orangery from 1860 that had belonged to Jane Austen’s fore-bears since 1569.
It is undeniable that the architects have used the principles outlined by the fathers of Modernism in their design, this house in Kent pays homage to one of the most iconic homes of all time—Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe. Encompassing the same values, the house was to 'disappear' into the surrounding landscape and create a simple, yet effetctive juxtaposition between inside and outside spaces.
The proposal of the house was inspired by the architect's visit to temples and zen gardens in Japan. As with most Japanese architecture, it is a space of contemplation and harmony. The team at Ewan Cameron Architects have described the project as 'An architectural haiku'.
These cleverly placed timber panels divide the house in two, but also act as a picture frame for the viewer, encasing the surroundings into a real life image. Let nature speak and be your priceless work of art. With the floor lined by lights, you can only imagine the dramatic effect this passageway would take on at night.
Without destroying the view of its leafy environment, the architects have also considered the privacy of the occupants in the evening. Whilst you would want to retain as much of the view during the day as possible, the ultimate aim of the home is to blend seamlessly into its surroundings; with the option of both you and the house disappearing into the darkness under the veil of night.
With the sliding doors open, it is difficult to tell where the inside finishes and the outside begins. With an almost 360 degree view of the landscape, the occupants of this house have the ability to wake up to or be inspired by the most breathtaking scenery.
As once said by Jane Austin -
To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.