They say ‘people who follow the rules and chase every trend tend to be forgotten’ – and in the strongly minimalist world of modern architecture – the quote is almost definitely true. As the most memorable, and consequently everlasting, designs are the ones that remain contemporary but appear entirely unique. Much like the latest creation from FMD Architects, the His & Her House.

Quite simply, the His & Her House is a celebration of connection and coming together. The clients had engaged with FMD Architects for previous house designs and when the two embarked on this new project together to mark the start of their married life, they knew exactly what to do.

The celebration of connection is also translated into the actual design of the house as the unique biophilic design allows every space to have a garden aspect. It’s a unique quality that transforms daily experiences of bathing, resting and living into something more experimental.

The sense of serenity and unique connection with the outdoors is achieved through the pitched ceiling, which soars to 4.5m in total, and gives a grand sense of scale and volume to the property. This feeling is accentuated with triangulated skylights that tie the entire home closer together. The angled shapes create a visual language that is referenced throughout the interior, from the glazing and joinery, down to the smallest details. These light-filled spaces are refined with rich layers of warm timber to celebrate the beauty of the natural materials and to create a place of respite and tranquillity.

The large timber-framed windows not only encourage outdoor living, but they have a positive impact on the entire design of the home. The central courtyard of the house effectively extends the footprint of the living volume while increasing the thermal comfort and environmental efficiency of the home.

Photography by Derek Swalwell & Peter Bennetts

If you’re on the hunt for more of the world’s best architecture, then check out Chris Tate’s spectacular rainforest Tent House.