Koto launches sustainable modular home design in the Cotswolds
British prefab specialist Koto has worked hard to develop modular home design, from compact work cabs to nimble mini-dwellings, since its inception in 2017. The forward-thinking company, founded by couple Johnathon and ZoÃ« Little and architect Theo Dales, has completed a range of minimalist cabins, such as his off-grid sauna in Ireland, all imbued with Scandinavian flair and sustainable architectural principles. But the energetic brand is not resting on its laurels, expanding its minimalist Nordic architecture aesthetic to a larger scale and launching its very first two-story modular design – meet Falcon House.
The project, an elegant design consisting of two volumes stacked and twisted cantilevered towards the landscape, presents an inverted version of the traditional layout of the house – its bedrooms and more private enclosed spaces are located on the ground floor. floor, while the living and entertainment areas are upstairs, making the most of the view. âWe believe that well-designed spaces can transform our environment. Koto creates simple, flexible and functional homes that embrace slow living, âsays Dales. And Falcon House’s close ties to its surroundings, through views and materials, underscore this approach.
Modular house design for slow living
Photography: Edvinas Bruzas
A dark wood skin envelops the clean, square volumes of Falcon House, and inside, the wood theme continues – only in lighter color tones that range from floors to walls and ceilings, as well as woodwork. and custom cabinets throughout. The building consists of a structure and exposed CLT walls, and the whole is energy neutral. âKoto houses and chalets are designed with the belief that beautiful buildings can be accessible to everyone and match our natural surroundings. Using form, material and texture to create minimalist yet highly effective ‘healthy’ homes, âthe team says. In addition to using wood, some spaces on the ground floor are treated with St Leo plaster paint, which creates an organic ‘perfectly imperfect’ feel.
A coveted space to retreat, a âquiet luxuryâ environment, this house is seen as a place to slow down, the team emphasizes. ‘It’s a house where spaces have been designed [for the users] to contemplate and watch the leaves rustle in the trees, or to be social and embrace the joy of the holiday with friends and family. ‘ This Nordic architectural style gem of a modular home design is located in the Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswolds, by developer Habitat First Group. Â§