Piers Taylor writes:
Moonshine is my house, and was a self build. In some ways it is a direct homage to my mentor, Glenn Murcutt, but in other ways it is also a very personal manifesto. It’s a naive building in some ways, but naive like your first record – some things work well when when they’re naive because there’s a youthful optimism. I’m very bound up in the house, still – I live here, I got married here, we raise our four children here. I am constantly reminded of my own naivety, but I’m also reminded that there are some things I really did get right, and I’ve repeated these things on other projects. I love the light here, the change of seasons, the simple, stick like direct way of building, the use of ordinary materials, and the poetic sense of dwelling in a woodland.
When we built it, we had no car access, and everything had to be carried down a woodland track for 500 yards. It was incredibly cheap and raw, and the building is designed to translate the site conditions into a building – with areas of transparency/solidity fitting around sunlight and shade, eaves designed to shelter parts of the building from the prevailing wind, clerestory designed to capture first rays of morning light and a foundation system designed to leave the water table and highly shrinkable clay intact. It won the AJ Small Projects Award in 2009, and was featured in the Architectural Review, AJ, Dwell, Independent, Guardian, Sunday Times, Grand Designs, CASA, and numerous books internationally. It’s kind of dated now, too derivatively Murcuttian, a bit battered by 4 growing children, and my thinking has moved on a great deal – but I still love being able to feel like you’re living outside. We’ve since bought the surrounding woodland, which we’re attempting to manage and use the timber for various building projects as well as fuel.
A few articles linked below:
Architectural Review: arjuly06housedone
Grand Designs: 1
100 Houses: 100 Houses
Architect’s Journal: 37_2009.01.15_Moonshine
Sunday Times: 16_SUNDAY TIMES 05