POWIS CLOUD

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London, UK

2016

Private House

Completed 2018

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Lily Jencks Studio

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Surface Design Award Winner 2019

Photography © Luke Hayes

This extension to a roof terrace in West London is inspired by the idea of living in the clouds. The geometry of the interior and the choice of materials all reinforce this experience, creating a soft sensuous master bedroom and bathroom that dissolves into the sky at the top of the house. If the nature of architecture is grounded, fixed, solid and permanent, then fabrics are its antithesis. Curtains, blinds, bedsheets, towels encircle the body: they dry, caress and darken. The project investigates how various spaces can be temporally created through semi-opaque curtains, changing how the space is used and perceived at different times. 

Photography © Luke Hayes

Photography © Luke Hayes

The envelope is a simple rectangle. Within the rectilinear box are a series of translucent or transparent objects. The acrylic lightwell, cupboards a balustrade each refract soft light around the room.

Photography © Luke Hayes

Photography © Luke Hayes

Photography © Luke Hayes

The cloud is a form that is dynamic and whose boundaries are never quite known. The project uses materials that have a texture and effect that softens distinct edges, and dissolves or thickness surfaces through translucency, reflection, or fuzziness. 

Photography © Luke Hayes

Circles and curves define the areas for the body around the bed, bath, shower and toilet, creating enclosures softened by curtains of various translucency. Each surface glows with light or subtly reflects the surroundings, creating an atmosphere that is as delicate as the veil of a cloud for a gentle sleeping environment. 

Photography © Luke Hayes

Photography © Luke Hayes

Photography © Luke Hayes

Photography © Luke Hayes

Lily Jencks Studio: Lily Jencks, Pati Santos, John Yim.

Project Awards: Surface Design Award Winner 2019 in the category "Housing interior surface"

NEWS

- October 2019 Ruins Studio wins the ABB Leaf Award in the category "Best New Start-Up Practice Project" -June 2019 LJS Quintessentially English: What does it mean to be Native, listed as 1 of 10 unmissable events and exhibitions @ London Festival of Architecture 2019 - 22 June 2019 Talk with Lily Jencks at Cabot Square for 'Quintessential English Garden' as part of the LFA - February 2019 Lily Jencks Studio winner @ SURFACE DESIGN AWARD in the category"Housing Interior Surface" with the project Powis Cloud - January 2019 Ruins Studio published by TASCHEN in "Homes for our time -Contemporary Houses around the World"  -September 2018 Ruins Studio shortlisted for the "Dezeen Award" in the category Architecture/House - November 2017 Ruins Studio, Scotland wins the "GIA Supreme Award" & the "GIA Award 2017" in the category "Residential"  https://gia-org-uk.squarespace.com/ -June 2017 Talk with Lily Jencks: "LONGEVITY Cure and Care in Creation @ London Festival of Architecture