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On Thursday 11th February, Howe Farm designed by IPT Architects was declared the Supreme Winner of the 2016 Surface Design Awards.

Howe Farm, designed for a private client and located in Buckinghamshire is a subtle and unassuming dwelling. It is a practical farmhouse with low visual impact and is in-keeping with its surroundings. The exterior explores the use of simple black stained larch cladding panels in various configurations. This clever arrangement allows the surface of the building to vary from solidity to transparency and in-turn creates ever changing shadows. The judges praised the accomplished use of material that enhanced the building in its setting, describing the treatment of the roof as artful and with a number of judges proclaiming ‘I want to live there’.

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The Surface Design Awards recognise examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally. 32 projects were named as finalists for the 2016 awards with 40% being from outside the UK covering an extensive 12 countries. With admissions including private residencies, hospitals, restaurants, and even a sewage works the judging panel had a difficult task in selecting the finalists and winners of each category. The range of exciting and creative projects inspired an animated debate on the virtues of each project from the panel with projects described as ‘stand out’, ‘modern’, ‘unusual’ and ‘strong’. 

Please click here to see the 2016 winners.

Surface Design Show 2014 Image

Surface Design Show 2014 Image

Surface Design Awards 2014 Winners

The categories are:

  • Commercial Interior Surface      
  • Housing Interior Surface           
  • Light and Surface Interior
  • Public Building Interior Surface
  • Retail Interior Surface
  • Sustainable Interior Surface
  • Temporary Structure
  • Commercial Exterior Surface
  • Housing Exterior Surface
  • Light and Surface Exterior 
  • Public Building Exterior Surface
  • Retail Exterior Surface
  • Sustainable Exterior Surface

The Supreme Award is awarded by the judges to the category winner that, in their opinion, stands out for its excellence.

Very excited! Unexpected win, simple sustainable, multilayer approach to 1 simple material. A great show as there are so many inspiring materials to potentially work with in the future.

2016 Supreme Winner, IPT Architects

I have been following the event for a while so was so pleased to win the award. The show was very interesting because I use surface so much with work and am always looking for new textures.

Maria Ana Vasco Costa, designer of the wall tiles for LOCO Restaurant

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