Very pleased to be involved in Grand Designs House of the Year programme which goes out in November. Shawm House has been selected as one of the 20 best houses built in 2017.
In collaboration with RIBA, Grand Designs are showcasing the best houses of the year in the whole of the UK and we are amazed and excited in equal measure to be part of this.
See the longlist Here
We are delighted to announce we have been awarded a RIBA National Award for Shawm House.
The projects that receive this coveted award form the longlist for the Stirling Prize.
Well done all involved!
Click here for Shawm among the other National Award Winners
A Historic night for MawsonKerr and all involved on Shawm House after it picked up 4 awards at the Regional RIBA Awards.
The client built ecohouse picked up a regional award as well the Sustainability Award and Best Small Project Award. Dan also picked up a special award as Project Architect of the Year.
More on the house Here
Location : West Woodburn, Northumberland
Sectors: Residential, Sustainability
Shawm House is located in North Northumberland on the border of the National Park. The project has successfully gained planning permission in what, in planning terms, is considered ‘open countryside.’ This rare achievement was due to the clients’ desire for an outstanding piece of architecture that would create an accessible, comfortable, highly energy efficient home, using local and traditional materials in a contemporary way.
Shawm is an old Northumberland term meaning ‘to warm oneself’ and the house uses a simple form which is ‘wrapped’ a super insulated blanket cladded in larch. Working closely with the client the project is an exemplar of contemporary sustainable design and aims to use Passivhaus principles and innovative construction techniques.
The new build two storey element sits on the footprint of a demolished barn and connects to the existing single storey barn which will be converted into sleeping quarters and home office.
The house maximises the views over the valley with the large open plan living space on the first floor. To the ground floor are further bedrooms and study which open out to the landscaped external space incorporating a rain garden and habitat walls.
It is fantastic to be able to announce that our proposal for the Norbord OSB competition has been selected as the winning design. Our approach in creating a high density development by interlocking low rise units allowing private external space was credited at a ceremony in London by Norbord and the RIBA Journal –
More on our competition winning scheme Here
Darras Hall House as seen on Channel 4
Location : Darras Hall, Newcastle
Sectors: Residential, Private
In our second collaboration with Zac Monro, we designed (co-authors with Zac) and delivered this high profile project which had its own episode on Channel 4 Inside Out Homes.
The brief was to enhance the connection, both physically and visually, between the house and the garden. In addition to this the clients wanted to totally modernise and enlarge their dormer bungalow which was suffering from damp and structural issues.
Working within the confines of the strict local planning law we have produced a dynamic and contemporary interpretation of a dormer bungalow will 5-6 bedrooms with huge windows and open plan living to the ground floor. The use of natural light and inventive space creation makes a special place the client can call home and allows for the flexibility for their growing family. Homely yet unashamedly modern.
More images to follow…
Thanks to all involve! More can be found out about the project and the supplier on this link:
As Seen On TV…
MawsonKerr have been working with Zac Monro to design and deliver two of the homes on Channel 4’s new prime time show Inside Out Homes. The houses, in Jesmond and Darras Hall, was aired on Thursday 28th July and 8pm Thursday 4th August. All will be revealed on the show! The Jesmond house pictures here
OSB Low Rise High Density
Location : Byker, Newcastle
Sectors: Residential, Affordable, Competition, Sketchbook
This housing prototype was developed for a RIBA Journal competition looking into the potential for Norbord OSB as a product for creating affordable housing.
Working with the material our proposal pushed the material in terms of providing shelter, structure and form within a 4.8×4.8m module that allowed for interlocking units. The way the units tessellate presents a private space available to each unit proving a density of 115 units per hectare. CNC techniques are utilised to give minimal waste and allow construction on site by relatively unskilled labour. We chose a brown field site in Byker to show how the units could be planned forming a new community complex on unused plots of land.
Our design went on to win the competition with discussions ongoing to develop the prototype for affordable housing.
Planning permission has been granted on what, in planning terms, is considered ‘open countryside’. Shawm House is located in North Northumberland on the border of the National Park. This rare achievement was due to the clients’ desire for an outstanding piece of architecture that would create an accessible, comfortable, highly energy efficient home, using local and traditional materials in a contemporary way.
Working closely with the client the project is an exemplar of contemporary sustainable design and aims to use Passivhaus principles and innovative construction techniques.
Location : Gosforth, Newcastle
Sectors: Residential, Private
We worked with a client looking to fully overhaul a property creating a family home in the Gosforth area of Newcastle. The family were keen that the garden linked visually to the house with clear lines of sight from the kitchen and living spaces. Working with the existing structure rather than against, the ground floor has been opened up and connected but allows for a certain separation when different tasks are happening in separate areas. While the interior has an unashamedly modern feel, the light airy spaces and connection to the garden soften the ambience and give a homely feel.
The project also involved a single storey extension at ground level and master bedroom within the roof void with en-suite and study space within the confines of the queen post truss. A full electrical overhaul was required with underfloor heating incorporated into the entire ground floor providing energy efficient heat.
Lindisfarne Close Extension
Location : Jesmond Dene, Newcastle
Sectors: Residential, Private
We were invited to work with a family to update their detached 70’s house in the Jesmond Dene conservation area adding a glazed dining space which in turn provides greater connection to the external space and privacy from the public road.
The external spaces were given a large overhaul to make better use of the space with a simple render and timber finished courtyard space off the glazed dining area. The brick and glass finish works with the existing building materials to fit the contemporary addition to a residential area with heightened sensitivity.
Our reworking of a family home in West Jesmond has been completed recently. The works include new kitchen, dining, utility, large bespoke extension with wrap around window and raised balcony. More images and information on the link below: