Moonshine: A Tour Inside the Architect’s Own House

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A Personal Manifesto

Moonshine is Architect Piers Taylor house. Taylor built the house himself, and without access to cars. Using raw, low-cost materials such as timber for the local woodland which Taylor himself had to bring down a track to the build site. The result is a beautiful blend of rustic and industrial design.

It’s a naive building in some ways, but naive like your first record – some things work well when when they’re naive because there’s a youthful optimism. I’m very bound up in the house, still – I live here, I got married here, we raise our four children here. I am constantly reminded of my own naivety, but I’m also reminded that there are some things I really did get right, and I’ve repeated these things on other projects.

Taylor chose to leave the materials unfinished, bringing out the natural beauty of each piece. Shuttering ply is used for the wall, the frame is local green oak. The wood grains swirl and adorn the walls with unique patterns. Stainless steel bolt connections are left exposed, being a stark and striking contrast to the rustic woodwork. Moonshine has transparent and solid areas, giving the interiors adequate portions of light and shade. A clerestory catches natural morning light, while a foundation system leaves the water table and shrinkable clay intact. Eaves are also designed to shelter parts of the building from rain and wind. Moonshine is the winner of the 2009 AJ Small Projects Award, and it has also been featured in a half a dozen or so international publications including the Architectural Review and Dwell. Take a look through these photos and tell us what you think on our Facebook Page!

 

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