Denizen Works wins RIAS Laurence McIntosh Special Category Award 2023


Hundred Acre Wood, winner of the Laurence McIntosh RIAS Special Category Award 2023 for Architectural Interior.


RIAS Awards 2023 – Argyllshire house wins Laurence McIntosh Architectural Interior Award

Hundred Acre Wood – an exceptional new home in Argyllshire designed by Denizen Works – has won the inaugural Laurence McIntosh Architectural Interior Award – a special category award of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards.

Hundred Acre Wood was designed by Denizen Works as large family home that would do justice to its setting within a stunning landscape overlooking Loch Awe. The design draws upon Scotland’s architectural heritage, and contains a series of striking and at times quirky interiors within its solid-looking exterior.

The award is sponsored by Laurence McIntosh – one of Scotland’s leading principal contractors, interior designers and manufacturers of architectural joinery and bespoke furniture. This is the first year that the RIAS has given the award as part of the annual RIAS Awards programme.

The 2023 RIAS Awards jury citation for the Laurence McIntosh Architectural Interior Award reads as follows:

“Hundred Acre Wood is a masterclass in interiors. It is a fabulously rich project in which spaces are dramatic and varied in proportion, and expertly handled in material detail.

“The central space – designed to house an 18ft Christmas tree – is formed of walls which are lined in textured clay plaster with gold mica flecks, a ceiling sprayed with recycled paper, and a 2m oculus lined with gold leaf. The result is a space which feels both deeply textured and lightly reflective. It’s magic.

“Many rooms have been designed around distinct and bespoke pieces of furniture. Other set-piece rooms include one with a locally-sourced leather ceiling in a deep purple, another with a secret ‘scooby-doo’ bookcase door, as well as others with copper ceilings and charred oak cladding.

“At Hundred Acre Wood, space, light and material have been expertly crafted to create a distinctive style and rhythm – a kind of spatial poetry.”

RIAS chief executive Tamsie Thomson said:

“Hundred Acre Wood is a terrific project, and a very worthy winner of the inaugural Laurence McIntosh Architectural Interior Award. From the outside, the house appears as a sculptural fortress within a stark landscape – and once inside an extraordinary series of interiors is revealed, where Denizen Works have created moments of real joy. We are very grateful to Laurence McIntosh for their support for the Architectural Interior Award, which serves as a wonderful showcase for architectural talent in Scotland.”

David MacDonald, owner, Laurence McIntosh, said:
“We are delighted that Hundred Acre Wood by Denizen Works has emerged as the winner of the inaugural Laurence McIntosh Architectural Interior Award.

“We take immense pride in recognising and celebrating projects that not only push the boundaries of creativity but also exemplify excellence. Many congratulations to Denizen Works for their well-deserved triumph. This remarkable achievement is a testament to their extraordinary vision and talent.”

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RIAS was founded in 1916 as the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland and is the foremost institute in the country dealing with architecture and the built environment. A champion of architecture and the built environment in Scotland, the RIAS supports the interests of its growing membership, united through its six regional Chapters, to promote the importance of well-designed buildings and places.

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