Hidden House of Light

Friday 15 Dec 2006

Like light itself, the house is all but invisible. Although constructed of solid concrete, along with steel, aluminium and a great number of sheets of glass, what proves to be one of the finest new city homes to be found anywhere in the world is hidden behind a dense meshed-steel wall; for the casual passer-by, there is absolutely nothing worth seeing.Behind the screen, though, the Light House is a thing of architectural sorcery made possible not by sleight of hands or smoke and mirrors, but by patiently applied science. Lit almost entirely from a great glass roof and a number of courtyards, some glazed, others open to the sky, this unexpected and quietly revolutionary structure was designed using a process the architect had been researching and developing with John Frazer while at the Architectural Association school in London.

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