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House in a Garden

Shortlist 2019

House in a Garden

Location: London
Architect: Gianni Botsford Architects
Structural engineer: Built Engineers
Main contractor: New Wave (London) Ltd
Joinery: ZÜBLIN Timber GmbH
Stair manufacturer: SteelOne srl
Wood supplier: Dinesen
Landscape architect: Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
Wood species: European spruce, birch and Douglas fir

Replacing a dilapidated bungalow built in the 1960’s in the garden of an 1840’s villa, the house is on ground and two basement floors surrounded by gardens, light wells and skylights. The ground-floor, pavilion-like structure floats, creating distant views through gaps in the city skyline. Wood it used throughout the project: structurally for the roof; as wall, floor and ceiling linings; and for the floating staircase. The glulam structure is unique in terms of the double curvature and the slender section sizes. The roof curves to conclude in an oculus. Shaped and informed by light and shadow, the roof’s tent like form creates a new place for life to occur. Wood-lined ‘internal’ spaces (living rooms and bedrooms) are juxtaposed with marble-lined ‘external’ spaces (wet areas, pools and courtyards).