RIAI Overseas Award

Jacob's Ladder, Oxfordshire | Niall McLaughlin Architects

Set into a designated 'Site of Outstanding Natural Beauty', this house excels in its lightness and transparency, in the manner in which it sits in the landscape, and in the elegance of its plan. 

Client comments:
The light streams into the hosue and it is bright even on a gloomy day. 
We feel totally at one with our surroundings. Not only are we encompassed by a beautiful woodland but we wake with bird song and sleep to the sound of owls and deer. 
The presence of water as an integreal part of the house is both calming and exciting in providing ever changing reflections. 
Jacob's ladder makes full use of the south and westerly aspects. We have the warmth of the sun during daylight hours and in the evening spectacular sunsets which we can watch from most of the rooms and the swimming pool. 
The office, which in common with all of the primary living rooms enjoys expansive views over Oxfordshire and also provides a further guest suite if required. 
This flexibility means that all the rooms are in daily use rather than only fulfilling specific roles. Our guests have freedom to move about one end of the house without compromising our or their privacy. 
In summary we are both extremely happy with Jacob's Ladder and are looking forward to spending many more years here. 

Source: Irish Architecture Awards