Amid the 21st century’s obsession with shiny skyscrapers and floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows, Ken Shuttleworth stands apart with his firm’s rallying cry, ‘Death to the glass box!’
Two of the hardest things to reconcile about modern architecture are these: that architects, in general, like to think they are unique but then churn out depressingly identical-looking skyscrapers of metal and glass, and then to accept the claims that (thanks largely to modern technology and production techniques) all glass is ‘green’.
At Make — founded in 2004 by Ken Shuttleworth, with a studio established in
The team from Make walks the walk with confidence. At the
In response, a brass-clad elevation was created at the rear of the building. Each apartment features a projecting balcony with a perforated brass screen which mirrors the mews facade pattern. Most intriguingly of all, windows are modest, even minimal, yet inside, there is still ample natural light — and control over internal temperatures is that much easier. “With glazing, you are never going to get to the point of the same insulation value as proper insulation panels,” Shuttleworth says. “But of course, you have to be able to enjoy the building — no one wants to live in a cave — and there has to be balance between daylight in and views out.”
Read the full story, ‘Make or Break’, in the May 2012 issue of Perspective magazine!