RIBA Regional Awards 2014: East
The Arboretum, Burnham
Cowper Griffith Architects
There is almost a civic presence to this one-off house set between protected woodlands and a flood plain in a historic village. A massive flint wall is juxtaposed with lightweight timber structure and cladding. The judges remarked on the impressive entrance sequence from the lower level entrance floor to the upper ‘living’ level ‘through material progression and manipulation of light and views’, including privacy; with ample use made of rooflights to draw daylight deep into living spaces.
With a range of materials evident on the facade, the judges were impressed by detailing at their interfaces, creating what they called ‘ an exceptional piece of architecture delivered by an outstanding practice.’