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Adrian James completes curved brick home

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Oxford-based Adrian James Architects has revealed this house in South Oxfordshire


Named Incurvo, the 510m² house features curving brick walls and large curved windows. 

Designed to Lifetime Homes and Passivhaus standards the project includes high levels of insulation and airtightness.

Incurvo by Adrian James Architects

Incurvo by Adrian James Architects

Architect’s view

The house is a viscous form petrified, an English butte which grows out of the organic folds of its setting. The strong sense of movement is expressed in the sinuous brick carapace. The local brick has a luminous earthy orange hue, seemingly still bright from the heat of the kiln; this house exploits both the extraordinary plasticity of the humble brick, and its rough, tough sense of rootedness.

Inside too is all about curves and movement; the lofty entrance hall draws the visitor in and then left, right, and up as the space diverges in all directions. The end destinations are the foci of the majestic curved windows which offer panoramic views of the garden, water, trees and rolling Chilterns landscape beyond.

Incurvo by Adrian James Architects

Incurvo by Adrian James Architects

Project data 

Location South Oxfordshire
Type of project house
Client Private
Architect Adrian James Architects
Funding private
Appointment competitive interview
Tender negotiated
Form of contract Construction Management
Start on site April 2014
Completed December 2015
Contract duration 21 months
Gross internal floor area 510m2
Total cost undisclosed
Landscape design Baikie Landscaping
Planning consultant JPPC
Project manager and quantity surveyor Trunk Low Energy Building
Lighting design VBL Lighting Design
Structural engineer South Stoke Structures
Services engineer QODA Consulting
Main contractor DLP Associates
Electrical contractor Haysham Electrical Contractors
Mechanical contractor Darnells

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Chris Rogers

    Beautiful, very obviously indebted to the Modernist houses of the inter-war period and a bit like Oliver Hill's Hill House, Hampstead.

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