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Ditton Hill House, Surbiton

A new-build house by Surman Weston offers a variety of scales and spatial experiences including the 5m high upper level

Ditton Hill House.
Ditton Hill House. Credit: Johan Dehlin

Surman Weston for private client
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 2642

This new-build suburban house successfully blends vernacular mock-Tudor and industrial aesthetics into a unique and appropriate hybrid.

With its traditional A-frame elevation, the house borrows the mock-Tudor language that is so ubiquitous to its locality but turns it on its head by expressing it in a steel frame – the materiality of modernity. The whiteness of the exterior continues a long tradition of modern white villas and civic buildings in the area dating back to the 1930s. 

Internally, the plan offers a variety of scales and spatial experiences including the 5m high upper level, which has a peaceful, almost ecclesiastical quality.

Judges were particularly impressed with the clarity of the conceptual approach. The industrial materials have been handled with restraint to provide a calm and sophisticated set of domestic spaces within a modest budget.

  • Ditton Hill House.
    Ditton Hill House. Credit: Johan Dehlin
  • Ditton Hill House.
    Ditton Hill House. Credit: Johan Dehlin
  • Ditton Hill House.
    Ditton Hill House. Credit: Johan Dehlin
  • Ditton Hill House.
    Ditton Hill House. Credit: Johan Dehlin
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