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HOWICK, 2019

This small barn house belies a complex collaborative design dialogue.

A professor of art and artist, the property-owner is well known for a body of work that celebrates the plain (often architectural) functionality of ordinary things. Built in exactly three months, this design was entirely determined by the rigorous pursuit of functional and material economy in which the essences of architectural expression, functional engineering and conceptual art are distilled into one simple, recognizable form. This piece, confidently stripped of all superfluous ornamentation in its rural Midlands context, could easily be mistaken for an ordinary farm shed… which is (almost) exactly what it is.