Autumn in the North is a new project by Susanna Cots. It’s a home without walls or doors that plays with distribution as a connection strategy.
‘We are so used to living by the same patterns and rules that we forget to listen to our instincts. And not only in making professional, personal, or family decisions. But also, in creating a home.’ – says the architect.
‘Why stick to an established design when you no longer believe in it? Why to build walls and close spaces when what you are looking for is a connection?’ – she adds.
As the architect says, Autumn in the North is a home with three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and an office. We would not, however, be able to define even 1% of what the distribution is like and, consequently, the spirit of this family home.
The Kitchen as the Nerve Centre Distributor
We start from the heart of the home, the kitchen, which originated as a space that distributes the rest of the rooms in symmetrical degrees as if it were a fan that spreads out and gathers together intimacy and communication.
In parallel and consecutive lines, to the left of the kitchen, we find open modules that make up the laundry room and the children’s room on one hand and the home office of these two architects on the other.
A Nucleus That Has Two Circular Flows
Firstly, at the front, towards the outside, from where the separations created by furniture that has double functionality on both sides can be seen. Secondly, there is an interior circular flow since all the spaces are accessible from the other side.
All this, free from high walls, with only three doors in the whole house.
A home needs to be permeable to the crucial stages of each inhabitant. For this reason, one of the few rooms with a semi-permanent door is that of the children, so that the house can evolve with their ages and their need for privacy.
Returning to the kitchen as a starting point, we see how the space communicates openly with the dining room and the living room with a fireplace, all following the same form of expression.
The dialogue initiated with the flooring ends up forming part of the platform that stages the piece of furniture where the television is hidden. This continues until it becomes part of the first step of the staircase that goes up to the bedroom suite. This corner, used as storage, is one of the favorite hideaways for the children in the family.
A Home With Eternal Autumn Light
The light of the house, situated in a permanent northern autumn climate, has been sought as a talisman through all its connections with the outdoors. From the skylight in the kitchen that has been designed to attract light in the morning and at midday, to all the windows in the living room that capture the afternoon light from every corner.
An interior-exterior connection has been sought in each room, complementing it with nature and including a tree for each moment of connection: an olive tree and a Japanese willow are some of the trees that have become part of this family.
The bedroom suite located on the upper floor has been worked with the same intention of creating privacy without the need for doors. A large wooden panel acts as a silencer for the suite in one respect, while in the other, it gives privacy to the en-suite bathroom if required.
Project by Susanna Cots Interior Design
Photos by Mauricio Fuertes