The Chimes House by Devon-based David Sheppard Architects, is the perfect daylit home for a pianist. The client requested a home that could accommodate her two pianos and the architects responded with a curvy green-roofed structure that captures light from all sides. Surrounded by brick-wall houses, the home threads a thin line between fitting into the context and contrasting with the predominant building style.
The owner of the Chimes House settled for a one bedroom, but she insisted on having enough space for her two pianos. The project was designed for minimal living next to her former home, which she sold to finance the construction of the new house.
The architects were inspired by Rudolph Steiner’s concept of eurithmy – an expressive movement technique of designing space. The home’s sculptural interior contracts and expands, giving one the impression of sliding through the space between neighboring buildings. The brick fence in front of the house moves mechanically and provides access to off-street parking and the curved front door, and a mall opening at the entrance provides additional ventilation.