Private Highly Commended 2019
Architect/Client: Tikari Works
Structural engineer: Built Engineers
Wood supplier: Whittens Timber, Silva Timber
M&E consultants: SGA Consulting
Kitchen manufacturer: Uncommon Projects
Wood species: Canadian western red cedar, North American Douglas fir, Finnish spruce
Pocket House’s limited footprint resulted in a design solution in which half the house is located underground. A large lightwell is cut into the corner of the plan to allow light into the basement. The bedrooms are placed below ground and orientated around a sunken courtyard. A timber pod, placed in the darkest corner of this floor, contains the family bathroom. The pod’s thick walls create spaces for desks and storage. The kitchen and dining areas are located at ground level and are separated from the house’s entrance by another timber pod containing a toilet, coat cupboard and kitchen storage. An open-plan living space sits on the first-floor, with street views concealed behind a timber screen. The screen also helps to harmonise the building’s façade. Oversized doors and folding walls play with your expectations and sense of space.