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Farnworth House, Widnes

Full of personality

Farnworth House.
Farnworth House. Credit: Paul McMullin

North West RIBA Regional Award 2019

Smith Young Architects for private client
Contract value: £484,500
GIA: 323m²
Cost per m²: £1,500

The design, the determination of the self-build contractor client and the care of the architect enabled this house to navigate a challenging planning process to produce a generous and gentle home that is a rare example of contemporary form and materiality in its village. Stone, wood and concrete connect the house to its context and history. The timber skin has texture and rhythm bringing a human scale and elegance. Full of personality, the building bears the stories of its maker and making to produce a delightful mix of refinement in the timber and steelwork and raw finish in the concrete.

  • Farnworth House.
    Farnworth House. Credit: Paul McMullin
  • Farnworth House.
    Farnworth House. Credit: Paul McMullin
  • Farnworth House.
    Farnworth House. Credit: Paul McMullin
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