House in a Garden

Project details
Architect: Gianni Botsford Architects
Town: Notting Hill

Designed by Gianni Botsford Architects ‘House in a Garden’ in London’s Notting Hill features a wooden-clad roof which appears to funnel out from the ground. The building replaces a 1960’s bungalow and features a garden surrounded by skylights which disperse light. “Shaped and informed by the light and shadow that surround it, the roof’s tent-like form creates a new place for life to occur – one that turns its back on the large volumes surrounding it and embraces particular view corridors and possibilities for light,” Gianni Botsford Architects explain.

House in a Garden took eight-years to devise and build, and the roof was prefabricated in the Dolomites before being craned into its London destination. The roof is crafted from glue-laminated timber, and forms a decorative ceiling above the living and dining space which encourages occupants to look outside, whilst also enhancing natural light indoors.“With difficult circumstances on a tight, north facing urban site, digital tools of analysis were used to seek out three dimensional possibilities that light gives to generate form and organisation,” the architects explain.

House in a Garden is shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2019 which showcases excellence in wood-based architecture and product design. The shortlist will be exhibited at 100% Design, and the winners will be displayed at the Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters' Hall in November. 

To view more about the project, visit the architects’ website

All image credits: Edmund Sumner