Forest Pond House, Hampshire, UK
Location: Hampshire, United Kingdom
Year built: 2012
Architect: TDO Architects
The Forest Pond House, with a minimum area of 6m2, was completed in the year 2012 and is situated in the backyard of a family home in the United Kingdom. Designed by TDO Architecture, cantilevering off of the pond, it serves as both a hideout and a space for meditation. The form of the pod is derived from the forest and is strategically placed at the intersection between the dark hues of brown and green, emanating from the trunks of the forest, and the bright blue and clear waters of the pond. The pod’s angular shape opens up to the view of the water.
On one end, facing the forest, lies the lower ceiling with black and angular sides that address the forest surroundings. In contrast, the high ceilings expand out to light, curved surfaces with a sheet glass leading out to views of the pond. The glass allows for natural light to pour into the space, eliminating the need for artificial lighting. The well-lit interior, along with a bench, provides a serene spot for reflection while gazing out onto the water.
“A simplistic pavilion that occupies a small footprint, seamlessly blending the edge of elements of water and forest within its surroundings. Located in the heart of nature, it offers a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life—a perfect sanctuary for peaceful getaways, even for just a moment.” – Jessica Wei