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Flint House

Tapio Snellman

An evanescent architectural landscape.


Landscape and architecture are extremely linked in the Flint House project designed by Skene Catling de la Peña. In this short film, Tapio Snellmann explores the building offering a succession of points of view during a whole day, from sunrise to sunset, the light constantly changing.

The site is in Buckingamshire, in a large estate with agricultural vocation, but the area where the two buildings stand is an anomaly for its surrounding wilderness. The two volumes, the house and the studio, are conceived as geological extrusions in the landscape: they appear from the soil then gradually rise until they reach a height that carefully relates to the site and existing trees.

The profile of the landscape changes as a result of a natural phenomenon: the two blocks emerge from the ground and resemble natural stone in their basis, then turn into artificial mountains at their far end. Flint is the main material used for the facades but a gradual optical evanescence is also realized by changing material from the bottom to the top, in a succession of different layers: flint used at the base has a rough and irregular texture, while it becomes more regular and more meticulously worked a the top, finally it is replaced by concrete and chalk.

Authors icon Credits

Architect: Skene Catling de la Peña
Mentioned project: Flint House (2015)
Project location: Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Music: Four Tet

United Kingom 2016
Duration: 3'18''