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Camera Jewel House

Prefab House & Studio, 2001

Architect: Tonkin Liu
Location: London, UK
Size: 430 Sq. meters
Engineer: Atelier One
RIBA Future House Award

In the courtyard, over the water, the house faces south while the studio faces north. The two facades reflect each other, making the courtyard a space of infinite reflections. 

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The house is a jewel box. The jewels, whose honeycombed facades light each space, are objects for living; cooking, cooling, washing and storing. As night falls, the glowing jewels transform the micro-capillary street façade into a shadow theatre of light and movement.

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two buildings gaze at each other across a courtyard of water
the house and studio for a photographer and a jeweller
is about looking and being looked at

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The studio is a camera obscura.  As the workday ends, the blind comes down, an inverted image of the house and its reflection in the water appear on the studio’s back wall.  

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