25th Birthday Small Project Award

Our 25th Birthday Awards recognise leading architectural studios, design collaborations and project sharing best practice; inspiring others to adopt model based design and better ways of working that deliver outstanding results.

The following designs have been shortlisted for the Applecore Designs Small Project Award with the winner being announced on 19 March 2020.

alma-nac – Slim House

Small Project Award Nominee - Ghost House

The uniquely narrow proportions, measuring just 2.3m internally throughout, presented certain challenges in terms of organising the spaces. alma-nac managed to construct the Slim House, on budget and within these tight constraints.

The characteristic sloped roof greatly reduces the cost of construction, with staggered rooflights providing views out while ensuring light penetrates ot the centre of the property. A light well was introduced and a cranked floor plan provides a lofty double height dining space, and generous storage on each floor.

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Border Oak – Meadowmead

Small Project Award Nominee - Meadowmead

Meadowmead was awarded “Best Traditional Home” and “Overall Winner” in the 2018 Daily Telegraph and Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine. The design focusses upon large, open plan family spaces that flow through and around a central courtyard.

Meadowmead has been conceived to combine the best passive design principles with other exceptional sustainability credentials, whilst maximizing the virtues of the site and meeting the owners’ specific requirements. Predominantly clad in wide vertical oak boards, the house also features areas of brick with large glazed panels and exposed oak framing.

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BPN – Ghost House

Small Project Award Nominee - Ghost House

Moreton Paddox is a small, unique rural settlement in Warwickshire which replaced a large country house of the same name. It is now known for its ambitious contemporary architecture. The site of Ghost House sits at the end of the former main drive and is partially sunken into the ground and bounded on three sides by retaining walls.

The design seeks to be of exceptional quality and innovative design as laid out in the NPPF Para 55. The design was developed to be constructed entirely from in-situ concrete which is exposed on all internal and external walls.

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MAC Architects – Westwood Villa

Small Project Award Nominee - Westwood Villa

MAC Architects were appointed to design and deliver a substantial new build house for a private client and their growing family. Situated in the Aberdeen suburb of Stoneywood, the site was flanked by woodland with existing overlooking business premises to the rear.

The brief was to create a modern energy efficient design whilst maximising privacy and the flexibility of open plan living. In line with our holistic approach to sustainability we combined large areas of glazing with a super insulated timber clad envelope to achieve a highly efficient SAP ‘A’ Rated building that sat harmoniously alongside the woodland setting.

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Small Project Award

The judges will award out of all the individual category winners, the submission they feel best represents excellence and best practice during the past two decades. They will be looking for: challenges solved with use of model based design; complexity of geometry; uniqueness of the project; creativity in the project execution and most importantly the wow factor!