WINNER: Peacock House by BHSF Architekten with Studio-P has won a 2017 RIBA National Award for architecture.
This is a house that, with an opaque outside, conceals a series of wonderful internal and external spaces that are delightful and extraordinarily consistent in their detailing.
The house, in the suburbs of Aldeburgh, is in a wooded area surrounded by other properties without any particular outlook. It is therefore entirely appropriate for it to be inward looking around a courtyard. The arrangement of three building blocks is extremely simple, consisting of main living spaces, study and a studio. These all have consistent and immaculate detailing using a restrained set of materials. On arrival very little is revealed other than the horizontal layering of materials consisting of a flint base and timber panelled middle, visually separated from a similarly panelled upper roofscape by a simple flashing detail. Occasionally a panel of brass enhances this composition. These datum levels serve as a constant reference point, help create vistas and play with perspective against terraces and floors that rise over the depth of the site. This is most effective on entering the courtyard which then reveals the house as a whole. This theme runs consistently around the whole house and is replicated internally with a hanging rail within the plastered finishes.
Photo credit: Benedikt Redmann
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