Whoop whoop… We are delighted that Grain House has won the 2021 @nlalondon @dont.move.improve ‘Materiality and Craftmanship’ Award.
The awards citation says:
The prize recognises designs that take particular attention to detail and care when considering materials and finishes: Grain House demonstrates innovative material choices and construction techniques.
Native timber species have been used across the project, the plan configuration is if anything against the grain of a Victorian terraced layout, with a resultantly different sequence of spaces and spatial feel. Walls are of natural and clay plaster, while fully inset timber doors lead out onto the garden, where the extension’s naturally weathered Siberian larch-clad roof is visible, above a charred larch below the canopy.
The studio at the end of the garden echoes the timber-clad theme, providing a convenient space for homeworking, with roof joints rotated in plan to give a roof that gives ornamentation to the structure, plus a picture window back to the main house.
‘I’m very impressed by the detailing of the junction of the roof and the walls. It’s worked very nicely’ – @pgsmurray, Judge.
‘He was saying it’s gnarly, but it’s actually pretty perfect. That’s quite difficult to get right… It’s perfectly intimate’ – Amin Taha, Judge.