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Fluy House

Fluy: Etching by Ian Ritchie

‘Living in a garden beneath a well insulated umbrella’.

Minimal, functional and seasonal performance – user determined, rational, reductive yet energy intelligent with a personal architectural expression.

The core of the house – kitchen, bath, utility and energy centre is precisely organised to respond to the surrounding user areas as well as to concentrate essential capital – thus releasing the remaining funds as far as possible to create ‘internal space’ within a garden.

The activity spaces follow the movement of the sun – bedrooms east, activity space south, relaxing west, with the transparent garage and workshop acting as an energy buffer to the north.

The cellar is composed of two spaces – an internal play space and utility area and an external ‘in the earth’ space for wine, growing mushrooms and solar energy storage. Designed and constructed as a demonstration self-build by Ian Ritchie, it was composed as a kit of parts – lightweight steel frame; semi-stressed ply roof deck, glass walls including passive solar collection panels and pre-cast concrete plank floor slab. Components prefabricated in Ireland, Germany, UK, and France.

AD Commended Design 1981

Books
1/1991 THE HOUSE STYLE BOOK Smithmark
ISBN: 0855335386
1/1981 CLASSIC MODERN HOUSES OF EUROPE
ISBN: 0851394795
Journal Articles
06/1995 A and U
09/1989 ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW
09/1987 DE ARCHITECT
06/1985 HOUSE and GARDEN
10/1984 RIBA JOURNAL
07/1984 HOUSE and GARDEN
02/1982 INTERIORS
08/1981 ZUHAUSE
08/1981 INTERNI (312)
04/1981 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
09/1980 BUILDING DESIGN
08/1980 VILLA GIARDINI
02/1980 TOSHI-JUTAKU
12/1979 L'ARCHITECTURE D'AUJOURD'HUI
11/1979 TECHNIQUES ET ARCHITECTURE
07/1979 ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW
04/1979 MD

Fluy House

Fluy, France

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