Twine House: Concrete architecture inspired by organic forms
The twisting, rippling curves of Antony Gibbon’s Twine House have made waves in the world of concrete architecture. The word “twine” refers to a strong, twisted thread, or – when used in verb form – means “to wind round something”. Just like a length of twine, this wavy concrete house twists and winds its way through the surrounding landscape of rolling hills. The concept building – which the architect is keen to see realised in near
future – plays with structures, shapes, materials and surfaces to create a sculptural concrete living space.
Twine House: Spectacular concrete architecture inspired by nature
Four-metre glass windows are set inside each of the 12 arches, which open up onto a 360-degree terrace. The amphitheatre-like terrace, complete with spacious seating area and central fire pit, is nestled between the two halves of the home.
The sculptural centrepiece in the home is the spiral staircase, which leads up to a roof terrace. The top edge of the curved wall forms a natural border without restricting views of the surroundings. On the flat roof, the architect has added a hot tub and spa area, creating a calming and peaceful retreat in the middle of the natural environment.
Inside the Twine House, modern materials combine with natural shapes to create a harmonious, almost sculptural effect. The interior has separate living, dining and sleeping areas.
Large glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows allow light to flood into the space, seamlessly merging the interior with its natural habitat. The location of the building is a crucial element of its design: According to Gibbon, “it needs to be situated in the rustic nature to give the balance to the strong form”.
This extraordinary concept home has not yet been realised, but Gibbon is keen to see the Twine House come to life as soon as possible.
Antony Gibbon has already earned a reputation for his unconventional projects – including his treehouse on stilts in woodland close to New York City. Gibbon works in a variety of materials, including wood and concrete: But his designs are all characterised by their connection to nature. Sustainability also plays a significant role in all of his concepts.
The external wall of the Twine House is designed to be constructed in hemp concrete – reducing CO2 emissions by around 80 per cent compared to traditional cement-based concrete. Antony Gibbon’s Twine House shows how contemporary concrete architecture can work in harmony with nature.
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