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WoodBlock House, a colourful home and studio built entirely from timber and glass in London’s East End, has won a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) London Regional Award.
Completed at the end of 2013 for UK artist Richard Woods, WoodBlock House is situated in the heart of Hackney, placed between neighbouring buildings built from brick and concrete. It is a deliberate experiment in engineered timber, and partially clad with Richard Woods’ own artwork. This genuine collaboration between architect and artist adds new tactile and visual expression to the fabric of London.
dRMM’s brief was to create a studio, home and office for an artist’s family. The result was a simple, large workshop and printing studio space on the ground floor, with separate living accommodation above, all characterised by the qualities of timber, good spaces and ample daylight. It stands as a modest manifesto for engineered timber and mixed-use, for economy and for colour.
dRMM are honoured to have WoodBlock House recognised as a significant contribution to London architecture. Congratulations to our team, and to all the other winners!