adrian james architects has completed ‘incurvo’, a sinuously formed brick dwelling designed to beckon its visitors around its sweeping walls. located in oxfordshire, at the heart of the english countryside, locally-sourced building materials have been used to lend the scheme an earthy orange hue. the architecture seeks to celebrate the adaptability of the humble brick with a curvaceous form that grows out of its natural setting.

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the sinuously formed brick dwelling beckons visitors around its sweeping curves
image courtesy of adrian james architects

 

 

oxford-based adrian james architects has designed the house to last for many generations, while treading lightly on the rural landscape. internally, the residence continues its exploration of curves and movement. a lofty entrance hall draws the visitor inside the home as the space diverges in all directions. large curved windows serve as a continuous focal point, offer panoramic views of the garden, water, trees and rolling chilterns landscape beyond.

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the project is located in oxfordshire, at the heart of the english countryside
image courtesy of adrian james architects

 

 

from a sustainability standpoint, ‘incurvo’ seeks to be as close to a passive house as a curvy building can be. the scheme meets the most stringent benchmarks for insulation, thermal bridging, airtightness and thermal comfort — the property even has three separate renewable energy systems. designed as a lifetime home, the dwelling has been built in materials which will age gracefully with no need for further maintenance.

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locally-sourced bricks lend the scheme an earthy orange hue
image courtesy of adrian james architects

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a spacious terrace is positioned at the home’s upper level
image courtesy of adrian james architects

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internally, the residence continues its exploration of curves and movement
image courtesy of adrian james architects

adrian-james-architects-incurvo-curving-brick-house-oxfordshire-designboom-02
a lofty entrance hall draws the visitor inside the home
image courtesy of adrian james architects

adrian-james-architects-incurvo-curving-brick-house-oxfordshire-designboom-02
large curved windows serve as a continuous focal point
image courtesy of adrian james architects

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the residence is naturally and brightly lit
image courtesy of adrian james architects

adrian-james-architects-incurvo-curving-brick-house-oxfordshire-designboom-02
the dwelling has been built in materials which will age gracefully with no need for maintenance
image courtesy of adrian james architects

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the architecture seeks to celebrate the adaptability of the humble brick
image courtesy of adrian james architects

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