If you were ever curious to see some of the works of the town.and.concrete architecture studio then you probably know how inventive they are with their designs. One of their creations is a concept for a house made of cylinders. It’s definitely an out-of-the-box idea but then again that’s what the studio does best. All their projects are unique. The buildings they design are out of this world and stand out in a dramatic way without being opulent. It’s the concepts at the base of the designs that are highly interesting and that makes this house unique and special at the core.
The Cylinder House was designed to fit between the trees of a wooden site near Lyon in France. Its 270 square meter interior is all a huge open space with no structural delimitations between the spaces. In fact, the interior is very flexible and can be reconfigured at any time. It’s the furniture that marks a space and gives it a function. By repositioning the furniture a space can be shifted or can gain a whole new function.
The entire house is made of juxtaposed cylinders. They’re either open, closed or semi-closed and they have various heights. They serve as posts for the building and they form a freeform floor plan. There are no hallways or corridors inside the house and since it’s made of individual pieces squeezed together, expanding it is rather easy.
What’s also interesting is that the house has no windows per se. Most of the cylinders that make up the frame and outer walls are mostly made of glass. They ensure a seamless connection with the outdoors and blur the boundaries between the site and the interior living spaces.
Since nothing inside the house is fixed, the layout and the space adapts to the lives of the inhabitants and evolves with them. Despite the lack of familiar boundaries and elements, this actually feels a lot like a home. It’s inviting, beautiful and also pretty exciting.