Lisa Cohen

Palm House

Lisa Cohen
Lisa Cohen has been photographing residential architecture and all things design related for over 20 years worldwide. Her work has regularly appeared among others in Vogue Living and Elle Decoration UK. A prior history working on interiors magazines in London taught her that as an image maker your purpose is, first and foremost, to tell a story, and that the photographer has the power to lead the viewer on a journey through a space rather than giving everything away in one super wide image. The micro decisions of which areas to focus on, what to leave out, how to use light and the choice of crop to create a visual focus or drama, all work together to create that journey. Finding the soul in whatever you are shooting is also key to creating the magic.

The Project
A dark inward looking 1940’s house that has been sensitively repurposed by Leeton Pointon Architects, with an extension that maximises northern light and provides a sheltered backdrop to busy family life. Conceived as a ‘garden room’ the design provides a connection to a lush new landscape setting. While photographing this residence, I focussed on the sense of calm formed from living among the surrounding greenery, the intimate feeling of the space despite it’s generosity, the layering of textures, and the very clever and beautiful transition created by the architect between the existing traditional front of the house and the new contemporary extension.


Architect/Designer and any collaborators of the project: Leeton Pointon Architects and Interiors + Furnishing and Styling by Karyne Murphy Studio