The Ghost House snuggles in a pristine rural settlement that brilliantly complements its sober architecture. It is partially underground that makes use of concrete, and only a glass facade is visible from the road. The house is so unique, that the plan got approval after a decade-long conflict between the local planners and the owner. It ultimately passed the testing waters through the National Planning Policy Framework’s para 55.
The in situ cast concrete structure is a result of the client’s challenge for the architects. Nevertheless, it has rendered the Ghost House a place among the very few in situ cast concrete homes in the UK. Besides, an essential part of its design is that all the concrete has been left bare in raw form. The internal-external exposed concrete work was specifically by Tadao Ando, who is acclaimed to have a specialty with concrete, internationally.
Easier said than done; the design was perfected with the use of multiple architectural tools. And the genuinely unified boundaries and incredible visual appeal stand in testimony. While the name Ghost House reflects the serenity, that it oozes off through its glass-concrete combo along with the dramatic reflections from the pool.
The sunken courtyard is encased in three steel-framed glass walls. The open plan living, island kitchen, and dining area sits at the entrance. While two symmetrical, matte black steel cast staircases will lead one to the master suite on the ground floor. Two more guest rooms and a cinema room accompany the master bedroom on this floor.
Name: Ghost House
Price: £ 2,500,000 (approximately)
Bedrooms: 4 (1 Master, 2 Guest Rooms, 1 Cinema Room)
Size: 5,500 sq ft (approximately)
Location: Moreton Paddox, Warwickshire, England
Architect: BPN Architects, Design2e, Webb Yates
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