Both of the two houses possess the same conceptual design and built with the same materials, yet are entirely different from one another in terms of spatial arrangement and user experience. Stacked off-white cubes sit on top of a black 'skirting' that envelope the houses. Larger windows sit between the two contrasting colours and the smaller windows punch through the upper cubes. The concept – devised by Jacob & Spreng Architekten – makes an appealing and ever-changing appearance to each façade.
To work through the long shot-list, I had planned a two-day shoot to satisfy both the architect and the joiner. The first day was a sizzling hot summer's day, so I had opted to photograph the interior in the hope that the following day would be a little cooler. To my horror, there was an unexpected storm overnight. On arriving the next morning, it looked as if a tornado had ripped through the neighbourhood. Tree branches and leaves were strewn all over the road and garden. Overhead there was a thick blanket of cloud, threatening a downpour at any time. When appropriate, stormy weather can bring drama to architectural photography. However, in this instance, I knew I wanted to capture the houses in fair conditions, rather than what looked like the aftermath of a tropical cyclone.
The following week a warm front swept in, prompting a spontaneous return to capture the missing external perspectives. I slapped on suncream and left the brolly behind.