Tin House fought off strong competition from eight other contenders to be named House of the Year at the AJ Architecture Awards, with the judges labelling the project ‘architectural perfection’
Tin House has transformed a disused and contaminated industrial site in west London into a family home hidden from the street and set around a tranquil courtyard.
Picking up on ideas in music and nature, the architect has created a design akin to a giant sculpture, breaking down the traditional idea of a house into a series of linked pavilions topped with trapezoid rooflights. The pavilions are clad in a bold, brick-red steel skin with raised seams on walls and roofs.
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The judges called Tin House an ‘exceptional’ one-off rather than a model to repeat, and they praised the way the architect had responded to the site’s formidable constraints.
‘The interconnection between the different modules is very playful and creates incredible flexibility,’ said one. ‘Every space works and has been considered. For example, the ornamental pool is also a swimming pool. There are simple principles here which have been supremely well-executed. It’s architectural perfection.’
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