A renovated 1930s bungalow in Surrey has been shortlisted for House of the Year and been featured on Grand Designs.
In the second episode of Grand Designs: House of the Year, which aired on Wednesday (November 24) at 9pm on Channel 4, a Surrey property was shortlisted for a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award.
The house is listed under the name House for Theo and Oskar and is a 1930s bungalow by Tigg + Coll Architects.
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The property was remodelled for Theo and Oskar, who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, to cater for the children’s developing needs by considering their reduced mobility.
The judges said of the house: “Whilst the interventions appear radical from the rear, the extension wraps around the side of the cottage to form a new front entrance, maintaining the important existing horizontal eaves line and the suggestion of a pitched roof.
“The existing approach was stepped, so the intention was to provide a ‘budget led’ ramp to allow wheelchair access to the new entrance. The groundworker instead voluntarily graded the entire frontage up to the threshold level so resulting in a more holistic, less ‘Part M’, arrival.
“Wall cladding was detailed based on the materials that the sub-contractor arrived with, rather than what was designed and specified: the architects constantly had to think on their feet to maintain site progress, but not at the expense of the architecture.
“The rear façade is dominated by the timber diagrid roof form, cantilevering over the sliding glazed walls which provide the children’s bedrooms with unencumbered access to the covered terrace.”
The RIBA House of the Year award is given out each year to the best new house designed by an architect in the UK, and this year houses featured on the longlist and shortlist will feature on Channel 4 as part of Grand Designs: House of the Year.
Episode one aired on November 17 and there will be two further episodes in the weeks following the show on November 24.
Seven houses will be shortlisted for the award in total and the winner will be announced in the final episode on Wednesday, December 8.
During the Grand Designs series, Kevin McCloud, Damion Burrows and Michelle Ogundehin will visit the homes that are vying for the 2021 RIBA House of the Year.
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The judges remarks continued about the Surrey home: “The existing cottage is so diminutive that the presence of this low-slung ‘spaceship’ next to it seems fun and exciting in equal measure – and also curiously appropriate.
“Inside, the visual connection between the rough, exposed timbers of the original ceilings and those of the new diagrid roof (articulated inside and outside) is very successful and not jarring.
“The internal circulation has been rationalised with seamlessly integrated pocket sliding doors to afford full access throughout. The identity of the original cottage is not only retained but invigorated.
“This project is witness to the client’s commitment to their children’s quality of life and procurement of a relatively simple intervention in a highly imaginative way; the architect’s commitment to delivering something functional but special in the face a constantly evolving procurement process; and the commitment of the contractors and suppliers who put this building together, offering their time, advice and materials within a very tight budget.”
The current shortlist for the RIBA House of the Year 2021 is:
- The Water Tower by Tonkin Liu
- House on the Hill by Alison Brooks Architects
- The Slot House by Sandy Rendel Architects with Sally Rendel
- House for Theo and Oskar by Tigg + Coll Architects
More homes will be added to the shortlist in coming weeks.
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