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James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell's Caring Wood Wins 2017 RIBA House of the Year

Winner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris
Winner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris

James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell’s reimagining of the English country house, “Caring Wood,” has been selected as the 2017 RIBA House of the Year, bestowed annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to the “best new house or house extension designed by an architect in the UK.”

Inspired by the traditional ‘oast houses’ – agricultural buildings used for kilning hops – found in the county of Kent, the house was lauded by the jury for its celebrating of local building crafts and traditions, including the use of handmade peg clay tiles, locally quarried ragstone and coppiced chestnut shingles.

Winner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James MorrisWinner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James MorrisWinner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James MorrisWinner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris+ 28

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West Woodburn, United Kingdom
  • Architects: MawsonKerr
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  274
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Icynene, Aerogel, Goodwood Studios, Perinsul