This year’s Duplex Award went to Ditton Hill House in Surbiton by Surman Weston for an industrial take on mock Tudor architecture. It uses an exposed exoskeletal steel frame to create a modern, residential dwelling that perfectly contextualises its suburban setting.
The steel framework of the building was hot dip galvanized and then painted on site, whilst galvanized steel fittings complement the exposed blockwork walls and roughly-screeded concrete floors.
The brief from the client was for an overtly industrial house, set within the epitome of a residential setting. To achieve this, one of the key design moves was to borrow the suburban mock-Tudor framed language typical of the surrounding area and reinterpret it in a contemporary way.
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