David Chipperfield at the dwelling of photographer Nick Knight:’ The whole street lobbied against it, writing to Prince Charles to try to have it stopped.’ Photograph: Michael Franke/ The Guardian
In 1990, when I was in my mid-3 0s and still fairly inexperienced, I was approached by the pattern photographer Nick Knight and his wife, Charlotte, to expand their London home. They is now in a postwar room that Nick’s father had constructed. Nick wanted a studio upstairs and more seat for his young family. At the time, I had a small office of four or five people and we were working with the designer Issey Miyake on a number of store interiors in Japan. This was my firstly building.
I was stimulated about everything I was seeing in Japan at the time: they tend to treat the garden as part of the house. Most of Nick’s neighbours wasted a lot of fund on their facades; we did the opposite. We is focused on how the house and garden could connect. We created a large concrete frame that widened out from the side of the house, which had the consequences of the partly enclosing a courtyard garden. It too means that the angle of the living room could be opened up, without a supporting line, framing a attitude into the garden, creating an outside opening that feels like an indoor one.
We pointed up with a fight on our hands. The whole street lobbied against it, writing to Prince Charles to try to have it stopped. The people across the road prevented their shrouds described for a couple of years in demonstration. It was an introduction to republican English taste, which was quite shocking. It wasn’t that the house was too big; it was that the figurehead didn’t look like the other homes in the street. That was the worst part of the process for me. Once we started to build, it was easy by comparison.
Designing and structure homes for people is a delicate process, which is why I merely take over one or two at a time. Success depends much needed on how you develop a way of being personal and professional: that relationship is critical.
This was the first time I had a center impression to my job- the idea of creating an expansive deem in a suburban street- and it is a strategy I’ve lived by since. The mansion has been part of Nick and Charlotte’s life for 30 times and I think it has helped them formulate a work-life balance. Nick’s work is incredibly intense and demanding, hitherto he is dedicated to his family. I like to think the house has played a role.
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