Key facts

Architect: Batterham Matthews

Engineer: Momentum

Construction: H B Lewis

Material: Oak

Site Hours: 250

Total frame cost: £65,000

oak frame house in Gloucestershire

Curved plan oak frame house in Gloucestershire 

This stunning curved plan oak frame house in Gloucestershire has been awarded a RIBA regional award as well as the Daily Telegraph Home Building and Renovation Awards for Best Timber Frame, Best Eco House and The coveted Readers Choice.

Project profile

The design concept was for what the architect, George Batterham, terms ‘an enlightened contemporary oak framed house’; the plan curving around the top of a lake. The front of the house gives the effect of a stunning dry stone wall, with just a hint of the oak frame behind peeking over the top of the wall. The rear of the building takes advantage of the sloping site to provide bedrooms within the lower floor. The upper floor is open plan and largely glazed to take advantage of the lovely views. We don’t think you get many a oak frame house in Gloucestershire that is spectacular as this one!

The oak frame is gently curved throughout its length, although in reality slightly faceted, and is based on the concept of nine oak tree columns, with the building’s bracing being supplied by the ‘branches’. As well as providing the structural support to the building, the oak frame was designed on a clear grid pattern which provides living zones within the open plan space, and sloping towards the views, was used to frame those views to their maximum advantage. The roof is mono pitched, and features a sedum roof.

From a frame designer’s perspective, we love this house because it demonstrates that an oak frame can be successfully used in a contemporary design, absolutely delivering the clients requirements for modern living. Perhaps more interestingly, it has been achieved using traditional pegged joints and without using the steel that it is often assumed is essential for a modern scheme.