RIBA House of the Year 2017 winner: 5 design ideas from Caring Wood

In Channel 4's four-part series Grand Designs: House of the Year, architects James MacDonald-Wright and Niall Maxwell were crowned winner's of the RIBA House of the Year 2017 award for their project Caring Wood. We've rounded up our top 5 most inspiring design ideas for the contemporary English home that you can incorporate into your self build project.

By Gemma Parkes | 4 December 2017

Steal these innovative designs ideas from this contemporary English country house.

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Photo credit: James Morris

Built over 1450 sqm of Kent countryside, Caring Wood is an extraordinary home. Inspired by traditional oast houses – the agricultural buildings for kilning hops – architects James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell’s ambitious project seeks to recreate the traditional ‘English country house’ in the 21st century.

The architects also envisioned to build a family home that could accomodate three generations while emcompassing both a communal and private feel.

Crowned as winner of the RIBA House of the Year 2017, ‘the jury were impressed the quality of the build, the level of craftmanship and the rigour-packed materials’ used in the Caring Wood project.

The design of the house was another defining factor that led Macdonald Wright and Maxwell to victory. Caring Wood is modern but shows ‘clear links to the Kentish vernacular and local building traditions’.

We’ve rounded up our top 5 internal external design ideas used in Caring Wood which you can steal for your self-build project.  \