One of the country’s most talked-about emerging talents, Cambridge and Columbia University graduate architect David Kohn set up his London studio in 2007. Benefiting from a long stint at Caruso St John, during which he served as project architect for award-winning projects like the Museum of Childhood and Gagosian Gallery, the practice also won the Young Architects of the Year award just two years since its creation, bringing the young firm to the forefront of the country’s up-and-coming new architects.
The Stable Acre house is Kohn’s latest offering – a minimal and respectful stable conversion in Norfolk, showcasing the architect’s markedly refined aesthetic, designed for London-based gallerist Stuart Shave.
Built in the ruins of a 19th-century stable complex, the house is a long orthogonal brick structure – an agglomeration of houses - with an open living space nestled between two smaller pavilions and a more closed volume, which serve as entrance areas and the house’s private spaces respectively. The materials used are simple; oak cladding, a metal roof, concrete floor and white-painted brick. 'The contemporary construction and material complete an, albeit functional, ruin,' says the architect. Newly completed, the project is the practice’s first major residential commission and together with Kohn’s recent Skyroom project, the bespoke temporary rooftop venue sitting on the Architecture Foundation HQ in Southwark this autumn, it places the architect firmly on our architecture radar.