Home from Home

Carl Turner Architects, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011


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  • Home From Home    
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  • Commode Stair    
  • Kitchen    
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  • The kitchen table    
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  • Day Bed    
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  • Front Room Stair detail    
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  • Plan stair commode daybed    
  • Private view    
  • Concept diagrams    
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  • Home From Home construction    
  • Home From Home 1-10 model    
  • The Stair    
  • The Stair    
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  • The stair being loaded to Lisbon    
  • The stair being loaded to Lisbon    
  • The Commode    
  • Workshop public consultation    
  • Workshop public consultation    
  • Workshop public consultation    
  • Workshop public consultation    
  • 3D models    
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  • Sample board    
  • Steel fixings    
  • The stair cutting sheet    
  • Front room cutting sheet    
  • Commode cutting sheet    

Home from Home is an interactive installation examining the design and details of a typical UK home and of British domestic life

Located in MUDE (Museum of Fashion & Design) Lisbon, Portugal, it attempts to subvert the received behavior of visitors – to stay quiet and not to touch - by encouraging them to feel at home and engage with the everyday rituals of the home.

Designed and made by Carl Turner Architects, the installation is composed of five individual structures – each one representing different parts of the home – including the front room, the kitchen, the commode, the bed and the stair. Together these parts create a playfully abstract house and articulate ideas of British domesticity, giving visitors the opportunity to explore everyday design and consider the question, what makes a home?

Activities within a house; reading, sleeping, eating, watching TV and playing have been organized so that the inhabitants are presented with an opportunity to live in and experience the ‘British’ house- the chance to enjoy up close, explore the spaces and make yourself ‘at home’ in the Museum. The aim was to explore and expose the subtle differences between Portuguese and British domestic life along with examining everyday living and quintessentially British architecture and design to raise questions about the received experience of home.

Using UK sourced materials, such as lambswool insulation, Home from Home identifies advancements in the British approach to sustainability and efficiency in new housing. We have exposed the modern methods of construction, normally concealed within mass housing; timber frames, Lambswool insulation, OSB sheathing, connection plates and scaffold netting are all utilized as finishes. Traditional house typologies are challenged by the dispersed modules identifying changes in how we use and engage with our homes today.

The project was commissioned by the British Council following an Architecture Foundation competition & exchange programme.

Made by Carl Turner Architects in our workshops and transported to Lisbon by Lorry.

The Front Room

The front room module addresses the iconic representation of the façade and opens up around the bay window to allow a conversation space for the public to enjoy. A typically British mantelpiece acts as a focal point for the display of ornaments and family photos, in a room that is traditionally an area for guests to visit and be impressed.

The Kitchen Table

The kitchen table is often said to be the ‘heart’ of a British home. In CTA’s version hinged elements expand the table surface to create an area for people to gather and picnic in. This informal space is designed to allow a sense of feeling at home within the museum, and to explore typical British household objects.

The Stair

Not usually considered a room as such, this in-between space is examined as a void that becomes a tactile hideaway for children to explore and enjoy. The subtle play on scale gives the module a distorted quality that adults too will be intrigued by as they sit on the top stair to admire the view through the loft hatch.

The Commode

The commode – an interpretation of the British lavatory or ‘loo’ – provides a more isolated experience within the installation. Designed around individual cubical dimensions, it is a quiet space for contemplation and reflects typical materials that may be used in a British home.

The Day Bed

The day bed plays on notions of comfort and relaxation. As technical equipment becomes more portable, the way we use our homes is changing, allowing rooms that were once strictly private to become open and flexible. The day bed also examines the materials used in British homes, with a mattress composed from lambs-wool insulation and the bed’s four poster elements echoing the refinement in structurally engineered timber housing frames.


  • Begun: Apr 2011
  • Completed: Apr 2011
  • Floor area: 10m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £8,000
  • Funding: British Council
  • Address: Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal

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