Oak House seamlessly integrates interior design and architecture to an exceptionally harmonious end. The jury was impressed by the use of primary colours in this reworking of a double-fronted Victorian cottage, which extends across inside and outside to add drama as well as a sense of warmth. Internally, a distinct architectural sensibility is evident and everything appears sculptural as a result, while the textural material palette and exquisite detailing highlight the lushness of the interior design. The jury felt it is a highly personalized project designed to suit a very specific brief. It hasn't been designed for anyone other than the people who live in it and as such, it's a dynamic space that the clients can relish experiencing. This idea of not knowing where the architecture and interiors begin and end generates a degree of excitement that makes the design's concept and aesthetic all the more powerful. And to cap it all off, there's a timeless appeal to this project that makes it hard to ignore.
This adaptive re-use of a double fronted Victorian house incorporates a re-working of the existing house, a new pavilion forming a central courtyard. The house is distinctive for its mature Oak tree which towers above the garden and a red steel brise-soleil which performs many functions, including that of sun-shading.