All Clad

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January 15, 2009
Originally published in Super Natural
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  The facade achieves a notable sense of verticality for such a stout structure, with its stained-timber cladding aimed straight up toward the sky. The heavy, horizontal brick-work of the neighboring Georgian houses seems to imply aesthetic controversy, but in fact, during its short planning review, Reeve's house received letters of support from no fewer than five neighbors. The front gate opens onto a driveway, which in turn leads to a private patio around back.
    The facade achieves a notable sense of verticality for such a stout structure, with its stained-timber cladding aimed straight up toward the sky. The heavy, horizontal brick-work of the neighboring Georgian houses seems to imply aesthetic controversy, but in fact, during its short planning review, Reeve's house received letters of support from no fewer than five neighbors. The front gate opens onto a driveway, which in turn leads to a private patio around back.
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  The house's stained-cedar cladding makes a stark but pleasing contrast to the natural foliage of the site.
    The house's stained-cedar cladding makes a stark but pleasing contrast to the natural foliage of the site.
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  The outer walkway leads all the way around the structure, spilling into a small patio in back.
    The outer walkway leads all the way around the structure, spilling into a small patio in back.
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  Even the rear facade is seamless—its door all but disappearing into the cedar cladding.
    Even the rear facade is seamless—its door all but disappearing into the cedar cladding.
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  A garden of of small herbs and vines creates a fan of green as the plants creep up the outside walls. What at first seems to be a stark use of artificially dark wood reveals itself to be unironically natural: a soothing and woodsy backdrop for this home in the bustling city.
    A garden of of small herbs and vines creates a fan of green as the plants creep up the outside walls. What at first seems to be a stark use of artificially dark wood reveals itself to be unironically natural: a soothing and woodsy backdrop for this home in the bustling city.
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  Despite its dark and boxy exterior, the house's interior is bright, naturally lit, and spacious. Adjaye, a master of the well-placed window, is in top form here. The staircase ascends toward sunlight.
    Despite its dark and boxy exterior, the house's interior is bright, naturally lit, and spacious. Adjaye, a master of the well-placed window, is in top form here. The staircase ascends toward sunlight.
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  Adjaye cut a gap straight through the roof and facade.
    Adjaye cut a gap straight through the roof and facade.
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  Windows range from the smallest of square portholes to wall-sized cinematic expanses of glass, as seen in the dining room.
    Windows range from the smallest of square portholes to wall-sized cinematic expanses of glass, as seen in the dining room.
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  Reeve pauses in a ray of afternoon sunshine, surrounded by the house he had so long dreamed of building.
    Reeve pauses in a ray of afternoon sunshine, surrounded by the house he had so long dreamed of building.
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  Reeve's partner, Michela Meazza, uses built-in closets for her home office. The imposing gunmetal gray doors can simply be swung shut at the end of a long day's work. The sofa is by Rock Galpin.
    Reeve's partner, Michela Meazza, uses built-in closets for her home office. The imposing gunmetal gray doors can simply be swung shut at the end of a long day's work. The sofa is by Rock Galpin.
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  Seen in the architectural context of its London neighborhood, the house is all the more extraordinary: compact, materially innovative, and easy on the eyes.
    Seen in the architectural context of its London neighborhood, the house is all the more extraordinary: compact, materially innovative, and easy on the eyes.
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