Timber frame

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Project • By AR Design StudioPrivate Houses

The Woodland House

Woodland House is a private, bespoke replacement dwelling located in East Devoncompleted in late 2022 by award-winning Winchester-based Architects, AR Design Studio. The clients approached AR seeking to relocate from the hustle and bustle of London to the tranquillity of rural Devon. Their children had left home, meaning that they were able to downsize, and so they were presented with the opportunity to pursue their lifelong dream and create their dream contemporary home. Martin Gardner Martin Gardner Martin Gardner Having previously lived in Grade II listed London properties they were keen to create a high quality new build house that was warm, air tight and most importantly, energy efficient. With now grown up children th... More

Project • By Studio ManifestHousing

Breach House

This architectural project took a relatively modern property that was built in the 90s and upgraded it to 21st-century performance standards, as well as enhancing its overall character by creating spaces that were more enjoyable to live in. The architect brief involved adding a rear extension, creating a more open ground floor, removing the first-floor ceiling and adding a mezzanine floor.  David Vallinsky The design also demonstrates our use of timber frame extension constructions, wood fibre insulation, and lime plaster. This achieved our goal of reducing the total embodied carbon of the scheme, a key feature in our sustainable design. David Vallinsky The property is situated in Brockley, South London. The Croydon canal a... More

NewsDetail • 1 Jun 2023

Detail: A balanced carbon-based design for The Arbor House

The Arbor House is a contemporary family home located to the west of the Scottish city of Aberdeen. Built in a conservation area, it was designed by Aberdeenshire-based architectural studio Brown & Brown. The two-story residence is constructed primarily of a timber frame and finished with a mix of board-marked concrete, larch cladding, and stone walls retained from the existing site. Jim Stephenson Jim Stephenson The meticulous design of The Arbor House is evocative of Californian modernism: A contemporary, cantilevered home, it is situated in harmony with the surrounding landscape, and blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces. Moreover, its design places a strong emphasis on craftsmanship and carefully... More

Project • By OakBridge Timber FramingPrivate Houses

The Steele Project

For many years, the homeowners of this stunning lakeside timber frame desired a custom home on their rare site which would blend both of their very different styles, while highlighting the unbelievable panoramic water views. On a clear day, one can see for miles and even count the many islands in the distance. In fact, the homeowner used to climb the antennae of his former home just to take in the seemingly endless views. OakBridge Timber Framing/Kris Miller Photography OakBridge Timber Framing/Kris Miller Photography Guests are greeted by breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Erie which are magnificently framed like pieces of art by the oak timbers. Once the soft glow of evening arrives, the home takes on a stylish, luxurious, sw... More

Project • By Mirck ArchitecturePrivate Houses

Light Atelier

Op een afgelegen kavel in een veengebied heeft Mirck Architecture een atelier ontworpen. De binnenruimte is heel licht, in tegenstelling tot de donkere verschijning in het landschap. Binnen is het hout blank, buiten is het hout vergrijsd en zwartgebrand. Katja Effting De entree is benadrukt door de enige afschuining van het zadeldak. Het dakschild op het zuidwesten bestaat volledig uit matzwarte PV-panelen. Het dakschild op het noordoosten bestaat uit matzwarte vlakke pannen en een groot daklicht. Katja Effting Katja Effting Het daklicht geeft de atelierruimte veel diffuus licht. Het komt tussen de spanten door de hoge werkruimte in. Voor het uitzicht is de zuidwestgevel volledig te openen. Als het atelier niet in gebruik i... More

Project • By VOUS Architecture & Design (Collectif VOUS)Housing

LRVO House extension

In the Preux district, on the edge of Saint-Herblain, France, 1980's identical houses line up, only distinguished by their pale colors. Carefully placed above the garage, the LRVO extension takes advantage of the orientation of the plot and extends the house toward the road, facing west. A simple, one-piece volume, radically wrapped in wood cladding, on the walls as well as on the roof, dialogues with the pavilion. Like a sketch of an archetypal house, this new living space is part of the existing building through a fine dialogue with the current roof slopes. Delicately placed on the garage, the timber frame project contrasts in its materiality, without however erasing the particular geometry of the pavilion which supports it. Inside, VOU... More

Project • By NarrativA architectenPrivate Houses

Eco, biobased villa near Amsterdam, Netherlands

The house has been designed according to the sustainable principles of biobased, ecological construction. In the design and construction of this house, we carefully looked at the orientation, the sun and the usual wind direction (for example, for the possibilities for night ventilation). The sun has a lot of influence on the shape and the layout. The house is constructed from a vapour permeable timber frame construction system, delivered on site as prefabricated elements. All the insulation materials above the ground are natural. Martijn Heil The plots are relative small in this project. The neighbouring home is relative close by and provide much shade in winter. The clients have therefore chosen not to create a roof overhang on... More

Project • By Tonic DesignRestaurants

Ha'ne Sushi

The brief for Hane Sushi was simple, just like the design intent - design a fresh, clean, contemporary and simple setting for a new sushi train restaurant in Eaton’s Hill Village. We worked closely with the client to develop a paired back, light and airy aesthetic, quite different from other Sushi Restaurants they had done before. By keeping the material palette and colour selections minimal, we were able to work within the client’s budget. We carefully selected finishes that enhanced moments in the plan, like the warm Tasmanian oak timber frame over the sushi bar, which really works to frame the action going on within the sushi bar, and highlight the food on the sushi train. While the organic nature of the varied coloured blue... More

Project • By Squire & PartnersCommunity Centres

Brixton Windmill Education and Community Centre

Squire & Partners have completed a new Education and Community Centre adjacent to Brixton Windmill for Friends of Windmill Gardens (FoWG) and Lambeth Council. The centre will support activities hosted by the Grade II* listed heritage building, and secure its use for future generations.   History of Brixton Windmill Brixton Windmill is a Grade II* listed structure built in 1816 as a working flour mill – locally known as Ashby’s Mill after the family of millers – set within Windmill Gardens at the end of Blenheim Gardens just off Brixton Hill.   The mill ceased production in 1934, and was first opened to the public in the 1960s when the land around it was laid out as a public park. Following intermittent p... More

Project • By Jill Porter ArchitectPrivate Houses

Amenia farmhouse renovation

Located on a pastoral piece of property in Amenia, NY, this 200 year old farmhouse oozes with charm and grace. Old timbers line the ceilings, wide floorboards are worn by decades of use, and eccentric moments are scattered throughout. Although stately and proud, the existing home showed its age: walls sagged, floors sloped, and an ill-conceived addition felt like a disjointed accessory. Perhaps most notably, the home lacked any relationship to the beautiful property. Rather, the home cocooned its users in intimate, dark interiors — charming on a snowy winter day, but less so on a glorious summer evening.   My clients bought the farmhouse in 2000 as a country getaway from New York City. Over the course of many summers and weeken... More

Project • By Trošt Krapež ArchitecturePrivate Houses

House AD

The single-family house AD is situated in the foothills of PolhovGradec Dolomites, in the vicinity of the capital Ljubljana. Its architectural design follows the existing contours of the sloping terrain. There are two entirely different views of the building being developed from either the basement level or from the ground floor. Looking onto the single-storey part, two interconnected perpendicular masses are revealed. The two volumes are placed on top of the green landscape and covered with flat green roof, enveloped in a detailed metalfascia.Whereas the full extent of the building’s form can finally be observed from the basement level – the delicate top structure with accommodation spaces is being supported by an almost entire... More

Project • By Andrew Child ArchitecturePrivate Houses

Tree House

The owners wanted to upgrade an internally awkward and dark middle suburban Californian Bungalow into a light, modern 3 bedroom + study residence.There was a small group of huge trees in the backyard that the owners loved, so they became integral to the design of the new addition. The rear extension has substantial north facing windows that utilise these existing trees for shading from the summer sun. An angled eave overhang is provided for these windows where there are no trees to offer shading.   The extension was conceived as a single volume of efficient construction. It has a simple flat roof with interconnected spaces differentiated by changes in floor level that follow the sloping site. The rear decks also terrace downward towa... More

Project • By L&L Luce&LightChurches

Jar Church

During the course of the 20th century, churches changed from being Sunday churches to multi-use buildings and from expressing solemn national movements such as Art Nouveau and Neo Baroque to international modernism in concrete, often with untraditional forms and functions.During the 1950s working churches came into their own, with offices, meeting rooms and activity venues in addition to the church interior itself. It became common to design churches with folding walls, to allow the nave to be attached to adjoining rooms.These developments led to the liturgical spaces representing a steadily decreasing proportion of the total building. The floor plan of the church interior was often rectangular or fan-shaped, to bring churchgoers close... More

Project • By RX ArchitectsPrivate Houses


The property is directly adjacent to Rye Nature Reserve, one of the most important conservation sites in Britain. The site is formed of undulating shingle deposits formed as the sea receded over centuries. The existing property was a small 2 room bungalow with a collection of sheds in various states of disrepair connected to the bungalow.   It was not possible to refurbish the existing building and hence our brief was to create a modern building that responded to the unique context of the nature reserve. The site looks out across the reserve to the Mary Stanford Lifeboat building. This is a grade 2 listed building constructed in 1882 in pre-cast shingle based concrete, a pioneering construction method in its time. The lifeboat statio... More

Project • By NarrativA architectenPrivate Houses

Modern biobased holiday home

The house is situated in and inspired by the sand hills of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug (Utrecht Hill Ridge) in the Netherlands. This small residential home is located on a high hill in a private recreation park with a beautiful view of the surroundings.The owners of this house live consciously with the environment and are aware of the role of humans in the serious problem of climate change. A small ecological foot print will limit CO2 emissions and the rising sea level. A large part of the Netherlands is below sea level, but this house is located at 41 meters above sea level on one of the highest hills in the province of Utrecht and will stay dry.  John Lewis Marshall FormThe multiple round green roofs inspired by the hills creates a... More