It might be a very modern house, but the Tim Poulson-designed La Maison Verre modernist property in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire takes its inspiration from the early part of the 20th century.
The house dates from 2008, the work of architect Tim Poulson and built for his occupation. That inspiration? The celebrated Parisian house of the same name by Pierre Chareau, which dates from the late 1920s.
Obviously that’s inspiration from its design principles rather than a straight take on that house, bot least that ‘magical interiors can be created by the use of direct, indirect and diffused daylight’.
That’s what you get in this place, which definitely brings the outside in, with each ‘space’ looking out over landscaped grounds or ‘garden courtyards’ if you want to use the same terminology as the architect.
That’s a selling point, as is the ultra-modern living space with high end finishes offered here. There is over 2,700 sq. ft. of living space, kicking off with the light-filled entrance hall, which leads one way to a bedroom wing (master bedroom with en-suite, two bedrooms and two shower rooms), while the other direction takes you to a large kitchen / dining / family room.
A set of stone stairs takes you to the lower hall (currently used as a library area), then to a study, a multi-use room, a large bathroom and a utility room. At the other side of that library space is a sitting room with floor to ceiling glazing overlooking an ‘atrium area’.
Outside is an integral double garage, plus the previously-mentioned landscaped gardens, which probably look better now the snow has disappeared.
Want to live here? Offers of around £1,400,000 if you do.