This house is distinguished by a strong duality between public and private facades. The former is characterised by concrete and stone walls, the latter is extensively glazed, allowing the living spaces to have maximum interface with the natural environment (a motorised timber screen provides shade when necessary). The house comprises two boxes, connected by a concrete wall. The external envelope of the main house is expressed as 'a composition of planes which overlap and intersect at strategic points', while the smaller box is a lightweight structure in steel and glass, wrapped by horizontal timber louvres.
Coronation Road West House Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.