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Inside a Minimalist Capsule Home Overlooking the British Coastline | Architectural Digest

  • Published on Dec 4, 2023
  • Today Architectural Digest travels to the Isle of Wight on England’s south coast to tour Saltmarsh House, a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) House of the Year 2023 shortlisted project. Sitting on the edge of a vast tidal marsh, this stunning pavilion home, designed by architect Níall McLaughlin, floats above the ground on a lightweight steel frame. Truly ingenious is the property’s structure, which was prefabricated off-site and lifted into place to minimize disruption to the surrounding nature reserve. Offering uninterrupted views of the marshes and bay beyond, this impressive home is a testament to the symbiotic relationship between architecture and nature, proving they can coexist in harmony for generations to come.
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    Director: Skylar Economy
    Director of Photography: Michael Dangerfield, Daniel Fliegauf
    Editor: William Long
    Talent: Tilo Guenther, Níall McLaughlin
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    Supervising Editor: Christina Mankellow
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Comments • 172

  • @Archdigest
    @Archdigest  5 months ago +5

    Discover the RIBA House of the Year 2023 winner here: ruclips.net/video/bkjVNatJawY/video.html
    You can read more about the ingenious Saltmarsh House: www.architecturaldigest.com/story/ingenious-british-home-appears-float-surrounding-meadows

  • @rossrreyes
    @rossrreyes 5 months ago +32

    Absolutely fantastic roof structure. It’s elegant, light & airy but also textural & intricate. I never knew I could be so in love with a roof

  • @PeterEconomy
    @PeterEconomy 5 months ago +68

    This is what architecture is all about -- love it.

  • @Torus2112
    @Torus2112 5 months ago +58

    I definitely think it's beautiful, as others have said not the most practical but I get the impression that this isn't the owner's main house, and as a guest house and/or social space out building it's fantastic. I'm sure that you could take this design and scale it up so that it had enough floor space to be practical it would make a great proper house.

  • @britbc4461
    @britbc4461 5 months ago +54

    I'm so confused by the many, many chairs and benches. It's like a conference room with a bedroom.

    • @pred7949
      @pred7949 5 months ago +1

      put some effort into your thinking. if you don't understand something or are confused by it, it just means that you are ill educated about the topic at hand.

    • @janepage3608
      @janepage3608 5 months ago +16

      No, this is called ‘politeness’. Instead of saying the creation is quite obviously designed with no thought for its ultimate function, the commentator merely uses the word ‘confusing’. One day you might learn to be polite too.

    • @pred7949
      @pred7949 5 months ago +2

      @@janepage3608 politeness disguised as passive aggression. The polite thing to do would be to keep their negative inclined opinion to themselves and get educated on the purpose of different styles of architectural buildings as I stated in my comment. I don't care for foolish fragility and your sensitivity doesn't change what is fact.

    • @scottmulholland1329
      @scottmulholland1329 5 months ago +8

      It feels like a clubhouse or a bus shelter with fancy windows

    • @scottmulholland1329
      @scottmulholland1329 5 months ago

      @@pred7949put some effort into being open minded- everyone interprets design and structure through their own lens.

  • @cherylrleigh1912
    @cherylrleigh1912 5 months ago +44

    What an exquisite space! The design and intricate details are simply sublime.

  • @hdtravel1
    @hdtravel1 5 months ago +18

    This house is just amazing - very minimalist and very in touch with the natural beauty of the land.

  • @ericahlevine
    @ericahlevine 5 months ago +15

    I love love love the roof and the windows. Genius.

  • @fucky889
    @fucky889 5 months ago +31

    So beautiful, dream to build something like this in the future.

  • @ThreeRunHomer
    @ThreeRunHomer 5 months ago +12

    A brilliant design for a warm climate site.

    • @daniellewalker4075
      @daniellewalker4075 5 months ago +2

      But it’s in England. We’re famous for our rainy weather.

    • @ThreeRunHomer
      @ThreeRunHomer 5 months ago +1

      @@daniellewalker4075 but mild compared to most of the US. The broad roof obviously is great for rainy weather too.

    • @louduva9849
      @louduva9849 5 months ago +1

      'most of the US'

    • @jtropfenbaum7931
      @jtropfenbaum7931 3 months ago

      Heat loss must be enormous !

  • @Ericthegreat1483
    @Ericthegreat1483 5 months ago +22

    Wow this makes me reconsider the idea of a larger floor plan being more desirable, the ceiling and use of space is more than enough and surprisingly large and bright when you walk in. Only thought is wondering where they would store all the clothes and larger bits

    • @2ridiculous41
      @2ridiculous41 5 months ago +3

      As a retired developer, I can assure you that "light" is as important as "space".
      both terms tend to mean more than their simple definitions, but light counts for a lot.

  • @ashleighbhole4573
    @ashleighbhole4573 5 months ago +8

    Stunningly meticulous architecture! What a dream.

  • @Slen01
    @Slen01 5 months ago +4

    Looks like a house to host seminars

  • @RexMckinnis
    @RexMckinnis 5 months ago +10

    I watch all these videos of these beautiful spaces. Idk how but I’m going to own one. One Day!

  • @marcosargen3729
    @marcosargen3729 5 months ago +6

    So worth my time! To me, this video demonstrates when You Tube's content is at its best.

  • @dorisschneider-coutandin9965

    A dining table seating at least14, maybe more, people, and then one tiny kitchen and one bedroom/bathroom only? Makes not overly much sense to me, although I did enjoy the architecture in general, and the views/landscape in particular.

  • @Eltoca21
    @Eltoca21 5 months ago +6

    1000% love this

  • @kathythompson9931
    @kathythompson9931 5 months ago +6

    I love this and I love the lighting at night! Thank you for sharing!

  • @AP12360
    @AP12360 5 months ago +9

    Magnificent! I love the minimal spaces and clean lines. I love it! ♥︎

  • @davidcattin7006
    @davidcattin7006 5 months ago +1

    Simply stunning; stunningly simple. Love the very subtly integrated benches inside and out-- never a lack of seating if a lot of people show up, and they can double as space for serving, setting down your drink, etc.

  • @thelalanz73
    @thelalanz73 5 months ago +2

    Beautiful with lovey light.Gorgeous piece of architecture.

  • @greyman419
    @greyman419 5 months ago +19

    "Peasant art in Switzerland" is an aspirational level of book snobbery

  • @pcbrightlights
    @pcbrightlights 5 months ago +1

    Lovely space. The HUGE dining table is puzzling and dominating.

  • @JoelDavid678
    @JoelDavid678 5 months ago +3

    So beautiful!

  • @OCTOmgnt
    @OCTOmgnt Month ago

    This whole presentation was wonderfully produced. Thank you!

  • @mikedl1105
    @mikedl1105 Month ago +1

    I would love to stay there... for about a week

  • @SoCalFreelance
    @SoCalFreelance 5 months ago +2

    My concern would be that roof design in high winds, like an umbrella.

  • @siennaropert2803
    @siennaropert2803 5 months ago

    Literally incredible

  • @amado7760
    @amado7760 4 months ago

    Wow, absolutely beautiful !

  • @teslaandhumanity7383
    @teslaandhumanity7383 4 months ago +1

    My step father had those sofas late 70s .

  • @theopinionisthighqualityopinio

    It's ok, but gives the feeling of being very uncomfortable. There's only one piece of furniture, besides the bed, that has any cushions or 'softness' to it.
    Also, being surrounded by all that water, where were any screens? People who've lived in similar environments with plenty of water (New Orleans and Milano), know just how bad the mosquitoes can get!
    The bed looked like it barely fit into the bedroom, which would create a real hassle when trying to put sheets on it.
    All in all, it's nice to look at, but I wouldn't want to live or spend a weekend there, especially in summertime.

    • @akirebara
      @akirebara 5 months ago +4

      I'm with you on the seatings. They don't look too comfy. Not at all inviting. That view overlooking the sea is great but i need some soft couch and cushions while im looking at that view.

    • @theopinionisthighqualityopinio
      @theopinionisthighqualityopinio 5 months ago +3

      @@akirebara I'm glad to know I'm not the only one! Yes, it's a wonderful view, but a soft couch and cushions are definitely needed!! The house doesn't scream "comfort" at all.
      We're definitely in agreement!!

    • @laqueatabrown9916
      @laqueatabrown9916 5 months ago +2

      I agree the mosquitos would be killer for me.

    • @theopinionisthighqualityopinio
      @theopinionisthighqualityopinio 5 months ago

      @@laqueatabrown9916 Exactly!
      With all of that water and those huge windows, they'd be feasting on us!!

    • @nicolad8822
      @nicolad8822 7 days ago

      Mosquitoes are not that much of a problem here. Screens are very rare in the UK. Our summer days are long, you don’t sit with lights on in the house to attract bugs.

  • @planetChristie
    @planetChristie 5 months ago +1

    The lighting ❤

  • @falkwendt7287
    @falkwendt7287 5 months ago

    just beautiful ~

  • @andronicemarinis1072
    @andronicemarinis1072 5 months ago +13

    One bedroom for two people, but twenty chairs in the dining room. 😮

    • @bmolitor615
      @bmolitor615 4 months ago +1

      it's to show off to friends - that kitchen can't turn out that many covers either; it'd be hard put just to warm that many covers with a chef/server. It's for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and showing off, and then maybe some hanging out as a single or couple with a couple friends over for the day. It's a weird little building.

  • @g0rc752
    @g0rc752 5 months ago +6

    looks like cargo container turned into a house

  • @starkparker16
    @starkparker16 5 months ago +2

    That's a gem of a house

  • @treemerryweather
    @treemerryweather 5 months ago

    beautifully done and best use of a Leuchtturm B5 journal ever 💙💚💙

  • @ugo_signorello
    @ugo_signorello 5 months ago +1

    Beautiful détails... Very interesting design bravo

  • @abaskamal8599
    @abaskamal8599 4 months ago

    inspiring piece, thank u

  • @digitalnduja8503
    @digitalnduja8503 5 months ago

    Exquisite. Well done team M.

  • @user-sj6zv9qj8z
    @user-sj6zv9qj8z 5 months ago +3

    Маленькая кухня, огромный стол для большого количества людей и всего лишь одна маленькая спальня на двоих. Добро пожаловать комарам, пчелам и мошкаре. Представляются сугробы на кровле зимой и сосульки. Архитектуоа напоминает контейнерное строительство. Для любителей экстримального отдыха на природе.

    • @mariachernova921
      @mariachernova921 5 months ago

      Все-таки это павильон для мероприятий и гостей, не для постоянного проживания. Видимо с насекомыми борются другими методами, не сетками.

  • @carlcarlamos9055
    @carlcarlamos9055 5 months ago

    I like it. Thank you. Take care.

  • @OHANA-Beach-Suites-CDO
    @OHANA-Beach-Suites-CDO 5 months ago +1


  • @brettfine3444
    @brettfine3444 5 months ago

    It's beautiful! I'll take 2 of those, please. Thank you.

  • @spencersanderson4590
    @spencersanderson4590 5 months ago +1

    Love the Architectural OCD

  • @diegor.dem.5846
    @diegor.dem.5846 4 months ago

    perfection !

  • @birdsongforest7950
    @birdsongforest7950 5 months ago +109

    Why is the dining room table so unbelievably oversized with such a teeny tiny kitchen? Makes no sense.

    • @aairsick
      @aairsick 5 months ago +32

      it's a pavilion -- it's for a large gathering

    • @crwlh6721
      @crwlh6721 5 months ago +6

      @@aairsick That's obvious. But your comment doesn't answer the question.

    • @catemoon
      @catemoon 5 months ago +28

      It’s not really a house, it’s a meeting space. The video title is misleading.

    • @marshalltito
      @marshalltito 5 months ago +8

      ​@@catemoon​​ bedroom, living/dining area, kitchen, full bathroom, it's a house.

    • @builtbyjamie
      @builtbyjamie 5 months ago +9

      Why is my flat so unbelievably undersized, and my dog so big?

  • @yan3562
    @yan3562 5 months ago +26

    In theory this should feel cozy but somehow it doesn’t

  • @aprilshorty4094
    @aprilshorty4094 5 months ago

    It's just ok and it doesn't feel cozy it seems like it could feel a little cold but I do love the roof.

  • @alpineflauge909
    @alpineflauge909 5 months ago


  • @ezzymartin
    @ezzymartin 5 months ago

    Soooo pretty

  • @catemoon
    @catemoon 5 months ago +8

    Why is the bedroom so crammed?

  • @thisminimallife
    @thisminimallife 5 months ago

    It’s beautiful house

  • @HomeAtLast501
    @HomeAtLast501 4 months ago +2

    One bedroom, and a dining room table with 16 chairs.

  • @stefanoscheggi4352
    @stefanoscheggi4352 5 months ago

    Please! Could someone tell me more about the carpet? I'm in love!

  • @erikadowdy2382
    @erikadowdy2382 5 months ago +2

    Very Cool🎉

  • @davecahyo
    @davecahyo 5 months ago +9

    Very beautiful house with stunning engineering and very calm minimalistic interior. Everything about this house is perfect, but if it's a bird conservatory for rare species, then you shouldn't built on that land!

  • @bbsikdru
    @bbsikdru 5 months ago +21

    This house reminds me of IKEA.

  • @stephenpetitt8551
    @stephenpetitt8551 5 months ago +3

    How on earth did they get planning permission for that?

  • @ingmarvanderhoek6314
    @ingmarvanderhoek6314 5 months ago +12

    It looks and feels like a camping site showers and toilet shack but with a lot of storytelling. Designed to feel guilty about pleasure.

  • @joshl.6982
    @joshl.6982 5 months ago


  • @ericcarabetta1161
    @ericcarabetta1161 5 months ago +26

    It looks like a park rec center, or like some sort of depressing meeting room out in the middle of nowhere, where no one can hear you scream.

    • @2ridiculous41
      @2ridiculous41 5 months ago +1

      I can hear you scream. I've lived in a similar house and I'll leave you screaming.

  • @hamza-chaudhry
    @hamza-chaudhry 5 months ago +2

    I like the design but the main space seems a bit vast and repetitive

  • @rileyhanne
    @rileyhanne Month ago

    The kitchen could've been larger to facilitate dinners for the amount of people around that large table but I'm guessing this is some kind of corporate conference meeting place?

  • @chriszaiser
    @chriszaiser 5 months ago +2


  • @WDSimp
    @WDSimp 5 months ago +6

    It's a lovely art piece and perfectly serviceable as a vacation house. Not to my taste, though that is purely due to the interior decorating.

    • @2ridiculous41
      @2ridiculous41 5 months ago

      I would guess that you could build basically the same house with very different options.
      If you google Gabriel Poole Capricorn you will find a flexible Australian alternative.

  • @reecemcnaughten4160
    @reecemcnaughten4160 5 months ago +2

    10:31 and so I thought I would design a big glass building for all the mating birds to snap their neck and when they eventually hurt her at 100 mile an hour coming in to land to see their little babies for another day… Nope that's a window you just flew into lol

  • @josephpiskac2781
    @josephpiskac2781 5 months ago

    Brilliant though will it weather the storms and rock throwing?

  • @drnickik
    @drnickik 5 months ago

    Is there mainlined water, sewer and power?

  • @Blublod
    @Blublod 5 months ago

    Nice architecture, but I hope that sail of a roof can sustain high winds before it is ripped away by the gales.

  • @phoenixrerising
    @phoenixrerising 5 months ago +2

    What a pity one has to look at those boring cupboards that form the back of the bences when you are seated in any of the chairs/sofas. Why make these so high that they obstruct the beautiful view to the harbour?

  • @Rebelnightwolfe
    @Rebelnightwolfe 5 months ago +3

    The smallest house with the most chairs.

    • @catemoon
      @catemoon 5 months ago

      Or the biggest house with the smallest bedroom.

  • @ClaireandNanami
    @ClaireandNanami 5 months ago +3

    the furniture does not look comfortable at all. Who puts wooden benches in an expensive house? it just seems so out of place. And as other commenters mentioned, that tiny kitchen does not make sense for such a big table. How can you have a big gathering there when there is no kitchen space to be able to cook or store food or even store enough plates/glasses/silverware for that many guests.

  • @anonymoussource1
    @anonymoussource1 Month ago +1

    A few quibbles:
    -Those built-in benches running almost the entire length of the main space are a total waste. No one will ever want to sit there. They look incredibly cold and uncomfortable.
    -The huge windows in the pods are a nice touch, but you can't get in or out of the bedroom without scrambling over the bed and then dropping about 3 feet. Impractical and annoying. Also, you can't get any air without opening a door to the outside. I couldn't sleep comfortably with an open door at my feet.
    -As noted by others, the dining space looks designed to entertain 12-16 people, but the kitchen is wholly inadequate for that kind of entertaining.
    I admire the architect's passion, but I think he was more interested in creating an art object than a practical living space. This place is for 2 people max, probably 2 days at a time max.

  • @johnanonyimous5007
    @johnanonyimous5007 2 months ago

    looks fragile; how will it handle high winds?

  • @MJSE-of7gs
    @MJSE-of7gs 5 months ago +6

    Whatever people like is fine by me. However all I see is an el-cheapo three shoe boxes pinned together and someone calling it a house. No, or minimal, insulation, no apparent climate control (except an environmentally unfriendly slow combustion firebox) No solar, No fly screens, no storage, no parking. Waxing lyrical over this is quite ridiculous.

  • @richardg8651
    @richardg8651 5 months ago +2

    It's all about the site not the shed.

  • @03kanchan
    @03kanchan 5 months ago

    I loved the house and architecture. The main problem was solved using Jaipur architectural inspiration. Fab job. Just editor could have kept model and picture explanations proper instead of running it fast.

  • @NeroHero._
    @NeroHero._ Month ago

    One day semoga aku bisa beliin ibu rumah yng kaya gini

  • @N.aesth1
    @N.aesth1 5 months ago

    How can I purchase this?.. details please
    nah... just kidding, too broke rn

  • @issamstockholm7581
    @issamstockholm7581 5 months ago


  • @pammiller333
    @pammiller333 5 months ago +1

    Beautiful to look at but not a place I would ever want to live.

  • @kennyduren0831
    @kennyduren0831 5 months ago +3

    The idea is cool but severely lacking in realistic execution

  • @LetsTalkColdplay
    @LetsTalkColdplay 5 months ago +1

    Glorified shipping container but harder to clean.

    @DEATHBYFLYINGCDS 4 months ago +1

    I think it's official, I hate minimalism, it's so empty it makes me anxious

  • @p4l4d1n7
    @p4l4d1n7 2 months ago

    the amount of seats vs bedrooms is a bit much no?

  • @paveladamek3502
    @paveladamek3502 5 months ago +8

    For some reason all the cladding looks like minimum security prison for white-collar offenders. This is what Norway would build to create "human environment" in prisons. It is not homey or luxurious.

  • @jbuckley2546
    @jbuckley2546 4 months ago

    All that bench seating facing the wrong way.

  • @00Noontide
    @00Noontide 5 months ago

    Nice living room, but you can barely walk around the bed.

  • @DavidDatura
    @DavidDatura 5 months ago

    The future of housing in an increasingly overpopulated world…together with more high-rises I suppose too.

  • @janemurphy6443
    @janemurphy6443 5 months ago +4

    No, not for me. Looks like a factory and boardroom, totally impersonal, dull, boring.

  • @sunnysideup33
    @sunnysideup33 5 months ago +5

    This house makes no sense to me.

  • @kishastanley344
    @kishastanley344 5 months ago +1


  • @rebahensley5323
    @rebahensley5323 5 months ago +2

    There are nice feautures to this house, but it is so stark and cold it just doesn't fit with the landscape . I wouldn't buy it.

  • @MrJhchrist
    @MrJhchrist Month ago

    Design brief: Super light weight.
    Solution: Surround it with 1/2 ton windows that each require 1/2 ton counter weight to open in a stupid way nobody expected.
    Nailed it?
    This house just reeks of something an architect would design for an architect to take pictures of for an architect magazine. It's an assignment, not a house.

  • @dianahall6500
    @dianahall6500 5 months ago +4

    How about more architecture and less architect sounding pretentious 🙄

  • @keylove3189
    @keylove3189 5 months ago +2

    10,000 years no architecture....now that's a lie!

  • @lolaisabelcastro3310
    @lolaisabelcastro3310 5 months ago +1

    Not cozy. Better for much hotter climes!

  • @cwslai
    @cwslai 5 months ago

    Simply too big for 2 people to stay. A lot of space in this building seems not necessary. The ceiling must cost a lot too.

  • @denizkum783
    @denizkum783 3 months ago

    it seems a little bit unsafe ...