Published at Wednesday, March 14th 2018, 21:02:24 PM. bookcases. By Gwidon Jankowski.
Ambries (recesses in walls) were used to hold books from the earliest times. Even after the invention of printing, books were still such a rare luxury that they were commonly kept in a chest or on one shelf beneath a desk. The history of bookcases was also connected with the medieval fittings of college libraries in Britain.
In contrast with the house’s featureless street façade, the double-height glass wall facing due west is entirely open. With the doors slid back, there is no division between the living space and the veranda overlooking the garden, the estuary, and the harbor beyond, where the couple watch dramatic sunsets and occasionally spot dolphins.
The building’s dimensions are simple yet very precise. "It is basically two boxes joined by a passage and a bathroom hanging off it," says Hughes. "It’s not a big house by any stretch of the imagination, but people think it is."
The central area uses the available space in a deceptively simple way. With the kitchen to the left and bedroom to the right, two offices are stacked above it and accessed by a stairway in the rear of the room. Family antiques and Japanese textiles composed of complementary textures turn what is essentially a boxy space into a welcoming home.