ARCHITECT: Sutherland Hussey Harris
AWARDS WON: riba NORTH EAST award 2016,
RIBA nORTH eAST bUILDING OF THE YEAR 2016 - sponsored marley eternit,
riba north East Client of the year 2016
Peaking over the gates along an avenue in the Darras Hall leafy estate is a glimpse of an elegant and bold new private family home.
The building footprint is pulled back from the street edge, sitting as a separate entity, respecting the estate’s bylaws. With a rectilinear concrete base, a timber slatted screen wraps around as a lid, unifying the form as a single volume. This creates the most uplifting triple height space below along the entire length of the house, which is brought to life with light, shadows and beautiful materials.
Looking into the void is an animated backdrop of rooms. On the ground floor the entrance lobby first leads to a snug. On moving through the generous hallway the space opens out to breathtaking views of the garden and beyond, framed by large expanses of glazing. To the upper levels a complex series of bedrooms, bathrooms, terraces and an office are combined. The spaces are carefully located to allow the volume of the external skin to be legible. The result is an uncluttered, spacious and serene home.
This is a daring design for the area where the land is managed and protected by the Darras Hall Committee. The architect has managed to combine the ambitions of the client with the strict objectives of the committee as well as the local planning authority.
The jury was particularly impressed with the vision, determination and hands on approach of the client. Having worked with the contractor previously, the client meticulously worked through details himself with precision and care, resolving difficult junctions, even testing the weathering of the timbers. Nothing has been left to chance, with side tables, beds and furniture being made bespoke.
This house combines the skills and craftsmanship of the architect, with a highly driven client and outstanding contractor who will no doubt now be in demand.
CONTRACTOR: David Sparham Ltd
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: Patrick Parsons
INTERNAL AREA: 360,00 SQM
PHOTOGRAPHER: SUTHERLAND hUSSEY hARRIS aRCHITECTS