Forest House

AOC Architecture

Waltham Forest, 2022

Unique Character Prize


Forest House is a remodelled and extended semi-detached Victorian house on a tree-lined street in Highams Park. After four years in the house the family of five wanted to retain the comfortable intimacy of the well-proportioned rooms but introduce the spatial generosity and experiential joy that they experience in the nearby Epping Forest.

“The Victorian semi is a very common house type in London, with well-proportioned rooms and substantial construction worth celebrating. By wrapping it with contrasting spaces that capture the experiential delights of the Forest, a new combined character is made that is both very familiar and utterly unique.”