Prefab housing ‘The Lakes’ with Philippe Starck (Yoo Ltd)
I worked on this project as a senior designer whilst working with Philippe Starck, at Yoo Ltd.
Yoo Ltd is an international design-centric multi-residential property group in London; who are referred to as the “Prada of the property industry.” The group was set up by John Hitchcox – the co-founder of the Manhattan Loft Corporation who are credited with establishing loft living in London; and the French product and interior designer Philippe Starck – who is said to be the most famous and prolific designer alive.
This project is located in beautiful English’s Cotswolds on a private wooded estate set amongst 650 acres. ‘The Lakes’ comprises of 150 new built freestanding homes, nettled amongst trees on the lakes edges. It is a gated community where nature and design work in harmony to provide the ultimate rural retreat and lifestyle. I was involved in the original concept design and development stages for the Phillippe Starck residences. Later well known designers working on the project included Jade Jagger, Kelly Hoppen, and Marcel Wanders.
Each of the residences were prefabricated in Slovenia, near the border of Austria. They were constructed from the lovely Russia larch timber, which goes a beautiful grey colour over time. The quality and workmanship is amazing. I visited the factory where they were constructed in a small town, that is known for its expertise in timber construction. The builders, Riko, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of sustainable prefabricated wooden buildings.
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