De­sign note­book

Q&A with ar­chi­tect Nick Stevens, Dean Poole and Krista Dud­son

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The site is steeply wooded – how dif­fi­cult was it to find a spot to build on? NICK STEVENS It’s a very con­strained site. There was al­ready a lit­tle bench cut out of the hill with a cou­ple of shacks on it, and heavy thick bush over the rest of it. We wanted to utilise that plat­form, it was the only place to build. So then it was get­ting it back to the sim­plest thing you can do: the beauty of a con­strained site is that we had to de­sign a small house. It’s sim­ple, but not plain. NS Where it departs from be­ing just a sim­ple shed is the in­te­rior fin­ish – there’s a uni­for­mity of ma­te­rial on the in­side and it’s very well de­tailed. It’s labour in­ten­sive and there­fore ex­pen­sive to do that. My favourite room is ac­tu­ally the stair­way with the high win­dow in the cor­ner – as you as­cend the stair you come up into the bush. It’s some­thing that was so sim­ple, but wildly ef­fec­tive. Dean’s a cel­e­brated de­signer with a par­tic­u­lar eye. What was that like to work with? NS It was good be­cause he has re­ally good taste! It im­proved the whole place. We col­lab­o­rated on the kitchen, for in­stance – we drew it, and de­signed the cen­tral bench and then he worked closely with the cab­i­net­maker to build it. So that worked re­ally well. The brief was quite par­tic­u­lar about the things that would go into the space. DEAN POOLE We wrote out a story of who we are and how we live. I’m a big col­lec­tor of Nils Hol­ger Moor­mann – I’ve got pieces dat­ing way back. And that was the brief: de­scrip­tions of life, the fur­ni­ture we have and things we own. KRISTA DUD­SON Some of it we had, such as the ‘Polder’ sofa by Hella Jon­gerius and ‘Cork Fam­ily’ stools by Jasper Mor­ri­son, and other parts we knew we wanted. Dean’s all about the ob­ject – the whole house was de­signed around the bath, for in­stance. He saw it years ago and had to have it.

1. En­try 2. Kitchen 3. Din­ing 4. Liv­ing 5. Bed­room 6. Bath­room 7. Hall 8. Laun­dry 9. Deck

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