Take a look inside this award-winning wooden build

With an elegant curving roof and beautiful use of natural timber, this self-build property is a worthy award winner.

By Hugh Metcalf | 21 November 2019

Winner of the Wood Awards 2019, House in a Garden is a memorable architectural treat.

wood awrds winner house in a garden - self build - granddesigns

Image: Edmund Sumner

When it comes to celebrating the best of wood in construction, it should come as no surprise from just a glance that ‘House in a Garden’, created by Gianni Botsford Architects, was crowned as winner of the Structural Award prize at the Wood Awards 2019.

Read on to get to know this striking property, which has previously featured in Grand Designs Magazine and has been described by judge Nathan Wheatley as “an exceptional structural form of elegant and slender timber ribs, structural arrangement which is exciting, efficient and responds perfectly to the study of natural light.”

Structural form

wood awrds winner house in a garden - self build - granddesigns

Image: Edmund Sumner

The striking glulam roof curves up into an occulus. Wood is used throughout the project – from the roof to the walls and floors, and a floating staircase leading from the basement spaces.

Winner of the Wood Awards 2019, House in a Garden is a memorable architectural treat.

wood awrds winner house in a garden - self build - granddesigns

Image: Edmund Sumner

When it comes to celebrating the best of wood in construction, it should come as no surprise from just a glance that ‘House in a Garden’, created by Gianni Botsford Architects, was crowned as winner of the Structural Award prize at the Wood Awards 2019.

Read on to get to know this striking property, which has previously featured in Grand Designs Magazine and has been described by judge Nathan Wheatley as “an exceptional structural form of elegant and slender timber ribs, structural arrangement which is exciting, efficient and responds perfectly to the study of natural light.”

Structural form

wood awrds winner house in a garden - self build - granddesigns

Image: Edmund Sumner

The striking glulam roof curves up into an occulus. Wood is used throughout the project – from the roof to the walls and floors, and a floating staircase leading from the basement spaces.

Image: Edmund Sumner

A modern bungalow

House in a Garden replaced a dilapidated bungalow from the 1960s which sat in the garden of an 1840s villa. The house is built on one ground floor level, with two further subterranean basement levels.

Contemporary contrast

wood awards winner house in a garden - self build - granddesigns

Image: Edmund Sumner

The ‘outside’ spaces, compromising of wet areas, the pool and the courtyards, use marble as a cool contrast to the heavy use of wood through the interior spaces.

You can read more about House in a Garden on the Wood Awards website.

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