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Hill Top House by Adrian James Architects

[STEPHEN LAWRENCE PRIZE] An essay in concrete for clients who relish the uncompromising, asceticquality of the material

The architects describe this scheme in Oxford as ‘an essay in concrete for clients who relish the uncompromising, ascetic quality of the material’.

The four-level house follows a rigorous plan with double-volume corridors to either side of a circulation and services core. Despite the small footprint, the abiding impression is one of space flowing in all directions.

The construction employed large precast panels for the party walls. This enabled the main structure to be built very quickly. Altogether a tour-de-force in urban residential design.

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