This lovely house is located in the stunning Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. Designed by The Manser Practice, the Welch House sits right on the water’s edge, raised several meters off the ground. The appearance of the house is inspired by its dramatic, seaside location. The dark facade reminds me of stormy seas and cloudy skies. And the large windows, which cover almost the entire back facade, bring the sky and trees directly into the living areas. The house is reminiscent of another great raised home: Mies van de Rohe’s Farnsworth House. As with the Farnsworth House, this home remains minimal so as not to compete with the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
I am a big fan of the dark facade on this home. It is made of cement particle board rain screen cladding painted with a high gloss enamel. Many minimal homes today are very light colored, but this house found a way to stay minimal while incorporating dark and dramatic colors. I especially love the bathroom; I don’t know if I would ever leave it!