a labour of love

January 24, 2016 — 2 Comments

She practiced alternative medicine; he was a doctor. But despite his conventional facade it was he — and decidedly not she — who dreamed of living in a circular house.

The doctor, property-owner and soon-to-be-round-house-builder explained his thinking on an episode of the British television show Grand Designs. His architect sent him a drawing, he said, that was a perfect circle. “I took one look at it, and thought, that’s great; it’s what nature would do: nature doesn’t grow squares … it just grabbed me.”

The story of how this man took a compelling idea and made a house out of it — and how he somehow managed to convince his reluctant spouse to stick with him during the process — is unexpectedly moving.

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At the end of the episode, narrator Kevin McCloud speaks about the house’s structure, but he could just as easily be describing the couple’s relationship: “the contradiction between the square and the round is completely resolvable. A building can take opposite ideas and synthesize from them something new and exciting.”

milton keynes houseIt took nearly £400 and three years of work, but the end result is beautiful.

 

 

 

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2 responses to a labour of love

  1. 
    Livon Diramerian January 24, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    The round form is very useful in design, but the concept of roundness should include the partitions, wood workings, &furniture.

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