RIBA Regional Awards winner 2014: London
Woodblock House, East London
dRMM Architects for Richard Woods
Contract £510,000. GIA 257m2
As featured in May’s RIBA Journal, this is a house and studio which uses the artist’s own works in timber both externally and internally – apart from being an almost wholly timber construction as is often the dRMM way. It’s ‘joyful and sensual’ said the judges.
It’s both a workplace – including a printing workshop on the ground floor – and a family home above, with terrace. A tiny study perches right at the top. The artist was much involved with the design, not least making its trademark elements. Structurally it consists of two boxes of cross-laminated timber or CLT, a very sustainable material. The house is in something of an enclave of showpiece architect-designed homes, and more than holds its own.