img(height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=2939831959404383&ev=PageView&noscript=1")

Wood Awards 2013: Small Project, Highly commended

Highly commended: Alex Monroe Studio, London, by DSDHA

Credit: Dennis Gilbert

The built-in furniture and joinery use the same cross-laminated spruce panels, creating a coherent narrative of natural surfaces and finishes. Over time the timber will reveal a patina of use

This compact jeweller’s studio is made entirely of prefabricated cross-laminated spruce panels, supported on a rebuilt shop. Occupying a corner site, it makes the most of its unusual geometry. Industrial-grade, white washed and lacquered structural panels form the finish to the inside of the building. All the built-in furniture and joinery use the same cross-laminated spruce panels, designed to respond to each part of the jewellery making process. This creates a coherent narrative of natural surfaces and finishes throughout. Over time the timber will reveal a patina of use. The judges said this ‘beautiful little building [makes ] amazing use of a very tight site’. They particularly liked the satisfying pairing of high-end jewellery with a simple building


Shortlist


The Exbury Egg, Beaulieu River, Hampshire, PAD Studio

 


Expandable surface system, London, Architectural Association

Best on Show

Vote now for your favourite RIBA shortlisted building of 2020 in each region

Latest articles