Some designers are foiled by small budgets and confined contexts. Others take the limitations of site and funding as a challenge and make incredible architecture out of difficult circumstances, such as Monolab did with this impressive urban townhouse design which is stunning from virtually any angle.
Filled with unique and angular lines and spaces there is no single viewpoint from which one can fully appreciate this home, from outside or within. Sleeping and bathing spaces are situated in central concrete node surrounded by open spaces for living, cooking and dining – but the house is as much about circulation as it is about staying in one place.
In some ways, this house can be best (or only) really understood via drawings and models which illustrate the design process and the intended hierarchies of space and structure, solid and void within the overall plan – but perhaps this layer of complexity is a happy accident adding to its mystery.
The interplay of open spaces, closed volumes, exposed structure and sleek white walls and surfaces combines to make for an incredibly spacious, connected but also diverse experience for people throughout the house – one would never guess what ordinary structures sit on either side of it from inside.
On the outside, the house has a remarkable and distinctive facade but nonetheless also has elements (such as height and scale) that make it seem somehow contextual despite the odd angles that converge into a glowing eye above street level.