Living with the Future
 General Information
Series in which Simon Davis discovers the best in British contemporary architecture.
Episode 1 - Skywood - 15 January 2007
Simon Davis finds out what it's like to live in a futuristic minimalist house. He visits Skywood, the family home of Graham Philips, chief executive of Foster and Partners. Simon discovers how to live in a geometrically pure cube where there are no door handles, light switches are hidden and the bedrooms are surrounded by curtains of glass. However, Graham's children may not be able to convince Simon that living in a concrete and glass box is as much fun for teenagers.
 Quay House
Episode 2 - Quay House - 22 January 2007
He travels to Peckham in London, where he spends the weekend with Ken Taylor and his partner Julia Manheim who have taken the idea of working from home to a new level, as their architecture and design practice is in the middle of their house. The house is a former milk depot, and Ken and Julia have preserved the industrial heritage of the building by recycling many of the original construction materials.
 Drop House
Episode 3 - Drop House - 29 January 2007
He spends the weekend in a 21st Century suburban villa, in the unlikely setting of a new development of executive homes near Potters Bar in Hertfordshire. John and Bola Bolger wanted to escape from the confines of living with a fake Georgian reproduction and live a more modern life in a house designed by Hudson Featherstone Architects. Simon is intrigued by the unusual two-storey egg shape that dominates the house.
 Tilty Barn
Episode 4 - Tilty Barn - 5 February 2007
He visits an Essex barn conversion with a difference, owned by photographer Fi McGhee, who wanted a combination of traditional home with a modern interior for her children and her horse. Minimalist architect John Pawson oversaw the renovation of the 18th century barn and the interior design using a Japanese-inspired philosophy of pure simplicity along with swathes of concrete and glass.
 BV House
Episode 5 - BV House - 12 February 2007
He spends the weekend with Gerald and Linda Hitman, property developers who wanted the ultimate contemporary rural villa. They hired Iranian architects Farajadi and Farjadi to build The Old Zoo - a modern day manor house on the side of the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. While the house is unashamedly modern it has a traditional twist, being clad entirely in thatch.
 Paxton House
Episode 6 - Paxton House - 19 February 2007
He is in north London to see the house of architects Richard and Heidi Paxton. Shoe-horned into a Victorian mews on the site of an old car workshop, the house is almost invisible from the street. Inside it's high tech heaven, with a swimming pool in the living room, lighting and heating controlled by a central computer and an enormous sliding glass roof bringing football stadium technology to a family home.
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- Video Codec: XVID
- Video Bitrate: 979 kbps
- Video Resolution: 368x672 (height x width)
- Video Aspect Ratio: 13x24 (1:1,83)
- Audio Codec: MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3) <0x0055>
- Audio BitRate: 128 kbps
- Audio Streams: 1
- Audio Languages: English
- RunTime Per Part: 29 min 1,96 s (43549 Frames)
- File size: 231,75 Mb
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