my home: jeremy till, professor of architecture - transparent polycarbonate
Jeremy Till is a professor of architecture at the University of Sheffield.
Over the weekend, he lives in Holloway, a house designed with his partner and companion --
Professor of Architecture, Sarah wiggsworth.
Our home is obviously a supplement to knowledge.
Taxi drivers must pass the test before trading.
We don't even have a blue plaque.
The nearest place we came to was Riba [
Royal Society of Architects
Award for Sustainable Development.
Yes, we have a compost toilet and a water tank for storing rain that irrigate the roof grass.
Yes, we have a variety of insulation methods including sandbags and walls lined with bundles of grass.
But I think the most eco-friendly thing we do is grow our own vegetables. We're self-
Six months in a year is enough.
We are all vegetarians and it is helpful that we raise hens for eggs.
I like the agricultural aspect of this originally tense urban environment.
For example, straw is tied to the ground-floor bedroom.
You can smell it on certain days.
We put it in a transparent polycarbonate, like an exhibition in the Science Museum, revealing the secrets of the architecture inside.
We shipped 850 bags from a farm in Cotswolds for 550.
I also bought several yew trees for 150.
One of them was inserted into the steel column line leading to the front door.
The Willow bar around the galvanized steel at the front door has the same softening effect.
Architects usually don't like mixed blood, but what we want to show is that you can be both medieval and contemporary, both hairy and smooth.
I also like the fact that even if one of them is a sauna, the building is strong enough to accommodate pens and sheds in the foreground.
There is no shortage of this external clutter.
Ten years ago, we successfully acquired the company at a 800 sale in central London for 78,000.
When our corner hedge grows up along the railway line, the garden will be more like an oasis.
If we put up a high wall there, as some have suggested, we will lose the romance of passing trains.
The restaurant is a key part of the house.
Twice as much as Sarah's meeting room.
Her building practice is right next door.
This marks the intersection between the world of work and the more relaxed areas of home entertainment.
The room was 6 metres high and felt like a medieval hall.
There is even a singer gallery where the DJ will set up when we have a party.
Some critics say there is so much going on in the house, especially in the living room, with a wide variety of spaces from public and magnificent to private and private.
But I did not apologize for that. It's fun.
Let's face it, this project started when we were teaching and writing, and we were under pressure to turn many ideas into material forms.
When I want to write at home, I set out at the top of five of us to learn
Floor tower, collect books along the way from our vertical Library.
Kind of like in a crow-nest.
This naval hint seems to be more suitable for strong winds when the tower seems to be a bit rocking.
This is because the whole building is on a giant spring and is designed to offset the vibration of the railway line.
To reduce the noise on the line, we laid large pieces of recycled concrete on one side of the house, packed together to give the impression of dryingstone wall.
Meanwhile, the walls around Sarah's office are wrapped in silicone --
Facing the glass fiber, p button up, looks like a quilt.
One of the builders described it as a huge diaper to stop the "construction waste" from oozing out.
I suspect a taxi driver or two might see it the same way.