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Hind House

This house sits on the banks of the River Loddon, near Wargrave.
We based our concept on three elements; living, guest and bedroom spaces, to create ‘wings’ that adopt a pinwheel form, raised up on columns to deal with flooding from the river.

A dark, zinc-clad wing is pushed forward to receive an entrance staircase that slices up into an open timber-lined ‘hood’ with a glazed room to the side containing a guest suite and gym. The stair arrives onto a balcony and entrance – a central hall space – this is the day room, dedicated to outdoor living that leads out onto a large deck.

Following the zigzag of the pinwheel, a staircase then leads down to a garden deck leading to a boardwalk that arrives at a landing stage on the river’s edge. To one side of the central element is an open plan living wing, resting on a cantilevered steel table. This is a cedar-clad element with a full height glazed wall and balcony to the river façade. A timber storage unit to the far end conceals a study. To the other side is a cubic bedroom block stood on spindly columns which is again cedar-clad and contains bathrooms and two bedrooms to the lower level and a master bedroom eerie on the top floor.

The house is steel-framed with an insulated timber stud infill. Cedar and prepatinated zinc cladding, aluminium framed windows and single-ply roofing, complete the palette. 

Client Steve & Dee Hind
Status Completed (2008)
Contract value £630,000
GIA m2 228 m2
Structural engineer Barton Engineers
Contractor Ridgetree Projects
Photography © Richard Powers

RIBA South Award 2009
RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize Shortlist 2009

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