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The Red House, Shaftesbury

David Kohn Architects' Dorset house is full of delight and invention, pragmatism, and eccentricity

The Red House.
The Red House. Credit: Will Pryce

South West RIBA Regional Award 2022

David Kohn Architects for private client
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 252 m²

This new brick house in rural Dorset is a playful take on the farmhouse, full of references, beautiful details, and consideration for the owners, present and future. Many of the house signifiers are exaggerated, and the bold green eaves, doors and windows give it a unique and eccentric identity. The ground floor enfilade plan is cleverly ordered by the storage cores, creating an informal but connected series of spaces, unified by the material approach and beautiful end-grain larch wood-block parquet. The house is compact and well-proportioned with consideration given to future adaption. Internally, there are many subtle but inventive formal moves around the gables and eaves, which play out to give a baroque quality. This is a project full of delight and invention, pragmatism, and eccentricity along with knowing references, formal and informal gestures.

  • The Red House.
    The Red House. Credit: Will Pryce
  • The Red House.
    The Red House. Credit: Will Pryce
  • The Red House.
    The Red House. Credit: Will Pryce
  • The Red House.
    The Red House. Credit: Will Pryce
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