R2 Studio Architects

Southwark, 2023

Materiality and Craftsmanship Prize

Inspired by the owner’s enthusiasm for early 20th century expressionist art group Die Brücke this home reinterprets contemporary living through an artist’s lens. An expressive colour palette is weaved through the interior while the external form is kept very restrained and functionalist. The rebuilt rear wing provides space for a first-floor wellness area comprising a private roof terrace, sauna and outdoor shower. The opened-up ground floor links the existing house, the extension and the garden through a series of unique but connected spaces. The title of the project plays on the bridging qualities of the design—linking new and old, inside and outside, upstairs and downstairs, bold and restrained, daytime and evening time.

“The highlight is definitely the roof terrace with its sauna and shower. While it remains firmly in an urban environment, it’s amazing to be able to relax under your own personal patch of sky. And it’s not every day you get to shower outdoors in Peckham. Though, as it turns out, it is.”