Caring Wood, Leeds, Maidstone

The English country house reimagined

Caring Wood, Leeds by James MacDonald Wright and Niall Maxwell.
Caring Wood, Leeds by James MacDonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Credit: James Morris

James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell for private client

Contract value: Confidential

GIA: 1,443m²

The English country house reimagined. The architects have balanced grandeur with intimacy, from the soaring spaces of the piano nobile to the living spaces partially embedded in the hillside. The form is generated by the traditional oast house and the four towers have distinct personalities.

 
  • Caring Wood, Leeds by James MacDonald Wright and Niall Maxwell.
    Caring Wood, Leeds by James MacDonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Credit: James Morris
  • Caring Wood, Leeds by James MacDonald Wright and Niall Maxwell.
    Caring Wood, Leeds by James MacDonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Credit: James Morris
  • Caring Wood, Leeds by James MacDonald Wright and Niall Maxwell.
    Caring Wood, Leeds by James MacDonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Credit: James Morris
  • Caring Wood, Leeds by James MacDonald Wright and Niall Maxwell.
    Caring Wood, Leeds by James MacDonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Credit: James Morris
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The jury was impressed with the quality of the build and the rigour of the material palette – handmade peg clay tiles, locally quarried ragstone and locally coppiced chestnut cladding. The house is a carbon neutral, low energy design. 


Regional Sustainability Award

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