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AJ ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

Henning Stummel Architects’ Tin House awarded House of the Year

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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. 

2880 top roofs

2880 top roofs

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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Finalist: 32a Lansdowne Drive by Tectonics Architects 

32a Lansdowne Drive by Tectonics Architects

32a Lansdowne Drive by Tectonics Architects

Finalist: Caring Wood by James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell

Caring Wood by Macdonald Wright Architects

Caring Wood by Macdonald Wright Architects

Source: James Morris

Finalist: Hidden House by Coffey Architects

Coffey Architects' Hidden House

Coffey Architects’ Hidden House

Source: Tim Soar

Finalist: Highgate House by Carmody Groarke

Highgate House by Carmody Groarke

Highgate House by Carmody Groarke

Finalist: House in north London by Madoc Architecture

House in North London by Madoc Architecture

House in North London by Madoc Architecture

Finalist: Red House by 31/44 Architects

Red House by 31/44 Architects

Red House by 31/44 Architects

Source: Rory Gardiner

Finalist: Redshank by Lisa Shell Architects with Marcus Taylor

Redshank by Lisa Shell Architects

Redshank by Lisa Shell Architects

Finalist: Vex by Chance de Silva

Vex by Chance de Silva

Vex by Chance de Silva

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