Carl Turner Architects
Carl Turner’s mastery as a designer of houses is well-known. His craftsman’s approach and attention to detail, combined with an audacity and inventiveness, have won him a steady stream of attention and awards.
All of Turner’s typical attributes are discernible in his practice’s designs for Cube Haus Commissions. Crisp lines and elegant forms distinguish his two schemes. The first is a single-storey house with an expansive flat roof based around a courtyard. The second, larger, scheme is also a version of a courtyard house, but this time with two second-storey elements sitting either side of a terrace, providing further accommodation. Turner’s flexible approach means that these elements could either have pitched roofs, flat roofs or roofs with mono-pitches, depending on the demands of the site and the client brief.
The single-storey design also has a significant element of adaptability in the arrangement of windows and skylights to ensure that each home, on whatever site, is filled with natural light, has good ventilation and a feels as spacious as possible.
Turner has opted against defining the external material for each house, preferring instead to offer a palette of options. Perhaps the most distinctive is an opaque glass finish that was employed so successfully in Turner’s Slip House, the winner of the prestigious Manser Medal. Other alternatives include a zinc cladding, dark brick and charred timber.
Turner is also well known for his furniture solutions which would, of course, fit easily into these interiors. His systemised approach can be adapted to suit any space, providing kitchen unit, shelving, seating and even beds solutions.