穿过一条沿着1840年代诺丁山别墅延伸的小路，就可以到达这座极为与众不同的住宅: 它拥有一个隐蔽在城市花园中的铜制屋顶。这是建筑师Gianni Botsford为自己打造的居所，他在原有建筑的顶部增建了一个双层高的花园。
A copper roofed pavilion in a hidden urban garden, Gianni Botsford Architects’ House in a Garden is a highly unusual dwelling accessed through a narrow passage alongside an 1840s Notting Hill villa, a building Botsford had previously extended with a two-storey garden flat on the top two floors for his own home.
这座住宅建造在一块由建筑师们自行开发的土地上，他们认为该场地有着巨大的发展潜力。项目需要对1960年代的平房进行拆除，并将其替换为一个大部分嵌入地下的房屋。在漫长的规划阶段结束之后，Gianni Botsford事务所将这个地块以及他们的设计卖给了一位私人客户，作为其个人的居所。2018年，住宅正式完工，但这位业主改变了主意，希望拥有一座面积更大的住宅。虽然如此，业主还是委托Gianni Botsford事务所完成了所有预先计划好的空间及细部设计。
The House in a Garden started out as a project on a plot of land the architects themselves intended to develop having been aware of the potential of the site for over 15 years. This involved the demolition of a 1960s bungalow and its replacement with a largely subterranean house. Once the lengthy planning process was completed, Gianni Botsford Architects sold the plot and their design to a private client who committed to making the House in a Garden into a home for himself. By the time the house was completed in September 2018, some 8 years later, Gianni Botsford Architects’ client’s circumstances had changed requiring a much larger house. Nonetheless, the design and detailing of the Notting Hill home was seen through to completion by the client as originally planned by Gianni Botsford Architects.
Externally the most visible component of the house is its pavilion like copper-clad roof. Inside, the roof comprises of a complex glulam timber structure made from spruce, its double curvature concluding in a glazed oculus. The roof has a floating quality set above a glass walled living room that enhances a sense of lightness while connecting the interior of the house to the surrounding landscaped garden as well as to its urban context.
▼屋顶独特的双曲面最终交汇于一个四边形的玻璃窗洞，the double curvature of the roof concludes in a glazed oculus
▼铜面屋顶细部，a pavilion like copper-clad roof
Copper recurs throughout house, in surfaces of the ground floor kitchen and in detailing of rooms below, adding a subtle tonal warmth to the interior. As a natural material mined from the earth, copper resonates well with the idea of much of the house being shaped underground. It also reflects light.
▼屋顶下方的起居室以玻璃围合，使屋顶看上去犹如漂浮在空中，the roof has a floating quality set above a glass walled living room that enhances a sense of lightness
▼铜元素为室内空间增添了一丝微妙的暖色，copper recurs throughout house, adding a subtle tonal warmth to the interior
There are two levels below the ground floor. Bedrooms are immediately below ground, while there is a generous living/ gallery area with a 10 metre long swimming pool on a level further below. Light wells and skylights are designed to optimise daylight casting toplight onto the walls of lower ground floors.
▼住宅有两个楼层位于地下，there are two levels below the ground floor
▼带有10米长游泳池的起居+展厅空间，the generous living /gallery area with a 10 metre long swimming pool
Introducing daylight to a depth of up to eight metres was a challenge especially as the site of the house is tight and north facing. Digital analysis tools were used to seek out the three-dimensional possibilities that light gives in terms of generating the form and organization of the building.
▼室内细部，interior detailed view
The contrast between the cool and warm tones of Douglas Fir and carved Carrara marble adds to the sensual quality of the underground spaces as does the carefully studied play of light against darkness. As marble is quarried from the earth, it feels consistent with these spaces carved from a plot of urban land. In this way, materially it has a similar effect to the use of mined copper in the house.
▼道格拉斯冷杉木和雕花卡拉拉大理石形成了冷暖色调的对比，the contrast between the cool and warm tones of Douglas Fir and carved Carrara marble adds to the sensual quality of the underground spaces
花园中的住宅是基于Gianni Botsford事务所对项目的长期关注而实现的。精确控制的自然光线使住宅在任何季节都呈现出丰富且充满生命力的感觉，并借此强调出建筑的自然本质。项目建筑师Gianni Botsford表示：“对于光与影的运用意味着要合理地利用场地的既有条件——它们既是挑战，也是机会所在。借助周围的光影，形似帐篷的屋顶为住宅带来一个全新的生活场地——它自成一体，并竭尽所能地拥抱场地。”
The House in a Garden builds on Gianni Botsford Architects’ earlier preoccupations with the manipulation of natural light throughout the day and through the seasons, enriching, enlivening and, ultimately, defining the nature of the architecture. Gianni Botsford describes the house, “To build with light and darkness is to work with what a context gives you – a unique set of constraints and opportunities. Shaped and informed by the light and shadow that surround it, the roof’s tent like form creates a new place for life to occur in the house – one that turns its back on the large volumes surrounding it and embraces the site.”
▼精确控制的自然光线使住宅在任何季节都呈现出丰富且充满生命力的感觉，the house is built with the manipulation of natural light throughout the day and through the seasons, enriching, enlivening and, ultimately, defining the nature of the architecture
Each individual and unique piece of the timber roof structure is curving in three directions and was pre-fabricated in the Dolomites from three dimensional models Gianni Botsford Architects provided. The pieces were then brought to site and craned into position in eight sections. Gianni Botsford summarises the concept for roof, “Designed, modelled and fabricated using both digital and manual processes each feeding the other, the intensity of the complex timber roof structure belies its warm domestic scale and character.”
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
▼地下二层平面图sub basement plan
Plot size: 256m2 (2,752 sq ft)
Gross Internal Area: 253 m2 (2,722 sq ft)
Client: Private Client
Architect: Gianni Botsford Architects (Gianni Botsford, Paulo Martinho (Project Architect), Kate Darby, James Eagle, Hiroshi Takeyama, Anahi Copponex)
Structural Engineer: Built
Services Engineer: Pearce and Associates
Quantity Surveyor: Leslie Clark
Landscape Architect: Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
AV: Andrew Lucas Ltd
Approved Inspector: Salus
CDM: Goddard Consulting
Lighting Designer: Isometrix
Planning Authority: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Contractor: New Wave (London) Ltd
Photography: Edmund Sumner