Wood Award, Highly Commended

Herringbone Houses, London | Alison Brooks Architects

The most striking aspect of the houses is the facade. The upper floors are clad in ipe, one of the hardest and most durable tropical hardwoods. Brooks has used ipe on several projects, including the Salt House, the Fold House and the VXO house, but in a more conventional manner. Here the timber has been cut to regular 800mm lengths and laid at an angle of 22.5 degrees in alternate horizontal bands to form a herringbone pattern. The natural colour of the timber is orange-brown, but it has already faded to a beautiful copper hue varying in tone from yellow through orange and red to dark brown. The angled horizontal bands reflect the light differently, turning the whole building into a magnificent stack of shimmering silver and copper brown. 

Source: BD Online