Compact Design of the Year Winner: Council House Renovation. Don't Move, Improve! 2021

Council House Renovation by VATRAA is the Joint Winner of the Don’t Move, Improve! 2021 Compact Design of the Year

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The client commissioned VATRAA for a complete transformation of her ex-council house, aimed at preserving a discrete appearance on the outside while becoming warm, protective, and spacious on the inside. The surprise is revealed when stepping through the door: a tall entrance lobby marks the start of a journey through different spaces and atmospheres, each tailored to the function they serve.
By turning constraints into opportunities, the project
transformed a disregarded house into a home with a
distinctive character, now proud to tell its story through space, light and materials.


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