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KENT, England—Praising it as the best new house designed by an architect in the UK, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) has named Caring House its 2017 House of the Year.
Designed in collaboration by James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell, Caring House, located in the English country side of Kent, features four distinct oast house-like angular roofs, environmentally sustainable infrastructure and 150,000 handmade ceramic peg-tiles. Cfile featured this stunning example of British ceramics and architecture just earlier this summer.
Inspired by the traditional oast houses of Kent, the agricultural buildings for kilning hops, Caring Wood revives local building crafts and traditions including locally sourced handmade peg clay tiles, locally quarried ragstone and coppiced chestnut cladding. The house comprises four towers, with interlinking roofs like markers in the landscape, echoing other oast houses in the distance. Caring Wood re-imagines the traditional English country house. It speaks of its time and place: with a contemporary design that has clear links to the rural vernacular.
DesignBoom writes the house was constructed to house three generations of extended family of the client and contains a range of communal and private spaces.
“It’s a house built for multiple generations of a growing family and allows the owner’s daughters, their husbands and their children to reside under one roof — cleverly accommodating their desire to be together and their desire to be apart.” —RIBA President Ben Derbyshire.
RIBA House of the Year juror Sandra Coppin says despite the house’s scale and grandeur, the architects managed to ensure the house also feels pleasingly domestic and intimate.
“Its poetic form sits comfortably into the hillside, echoing the rural Kentish landscape and vernacular oast-houses. Created from a rich palette of local materials, this highly crafted building is skillfully detailed and beautifully constructed. It has been created with a stunning sureness and originality.”
Caring Wood also received the RIBA South East Award 2017; RIBA South East Sustainability Award 2017, and the RIBA National Award 2017.
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