Beautiful materials, light and shadows
Sutherland Hussey Harris for private client
Contract value: Undisclosed
Sitting on the leafy Darras Hall estate, this elegant and bold private family home starts from a concrete base, becoming a timber slatted screen that wraps around it and tops it off with a lid. The act creates an uplifting triple height space along the entire length of the house, bringing it to life with beautiful materials, light and shadows – feeding the lower level living spaces, upper level bedrooms and giving views out to the gardens beyond them.
The judges were impressed with the client/architect relationship, where both worked through details with precision and care, resolving difficult junctions and even testing the weathering of timbers. Nothing was left to chance, with side tables, beds and furniture all being made bespoke, resulting in a building of aesthetic grace and craftsmanship.
See the other winners of the RIBA Regional Awards 2016 – North East