ADAM Design Competition 2024

February 5, 2024

At ADAM Architecture, we host a design competition exclusively for our dedicated staff every year to encourage all architects and designers to showcase their skills and creativity. The design competition serves as a platform for employees to engage in friendly competition, share ideas, and contribute to the ongoing culture of innovation within the practice.

The brief was to design a new country house to replace an existing property on a site in the New Forest and the employees had the option to enter individually or to partner up with another member of staff. The following employees were involved in the competition: Bianca Pagliara Vasquez, Urban Designer and Vinuthna Singareddy, Junior Urban Designer; Harrison Adams, Architectural Assistant (Part 1) and Johan Larsson, Architectural Assistant Intern; Iryna Ksenofontova, Architectural Assistant; Katie Wright, Architectural Assistant; Roque de la Mare, Architect; Rupert Powell, Architectural Assistant (Part 2); Servando de la Rosa, Architect; Soumya Singh, Architectural Assistant (Part 2); and Zi Ken Toh, Architectural Assistant (Part 2). The competition was judged by ADAM Directors Nigel Anderson and Robert Cox alongside an external judge Marie-Louise Alguis, Director of Balston Agius, where they were given the task to select 3 winners with cash prizes awarded.

First place: Harrison Adams and Johan Larsson

Our design draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of historical country houses, particularly Beaulieu Palace House. Located nearby Beaulieu was a country house with origins in the 13th century, which can be seen to have many different and distinct styles of architecture. We propose a new country house that mirrors the organic growth and eclectic styles found across England.

Design Features:

  1. Integration with Landscape: We envision the new house seamlessly integrated into the surrounding landscape, nestled amidst lush gardens and rolling hills. The layout respects the natural contours of the land while the many balconies offer panoramic views of the countryside and the Lymington Estuary.
  2. Main House and Annexes: The main house serves as the focal point, characterized by its three distinct parts each designed in different centuries. It incorporates elements of Medieval, Tudor, and Victorian Gothic architecture, creating a harmonious blend of styles. The annex on the other hand was previously a 20th-century stables addition which has since been converted into a more contemporary-style annex.

Our submission for Vicars Hill Farm celebrates the timeless beauty of historical country houses while embracing the spirit of innovation and adaptability. By weaving together elements of the past and present, we envision a home that not only honours tradition but also inspires.


Second Place: Rupert Powell 

My plan is to give the property an apostrophe and then to demolish all accretions after 1907 and restore all known earlier features, such as the 1840s Cottage (as a guest annexe) the Model Farm (for the new owners’ hobby farming as well as garage, workshop and studios), the pond and lost fences and boundaries in the form of painted late 19th century pickets. I propose a new tall, stone tower house overlooking the river, distinct from the old outbuildings, with a formal walled garden linked to the River Lymington by paths, raised gravel walks and an extensive network of stone, cobble and brick-lined rills and fountains. These are to be carefully made with uneven surfaces so as to add to the concert of running water in the river with their own ebb and flow of sounds throughout the day and night. The house is to be continuous with the garden by having large leaded windows, balconies and terraces with wide walls and benches for pots and fragrant climbing plants grown as high up the walls as possible. The river margin is to be linked to the house and garden by being planted and gardened as a water meadow with a wilder aspect than the formal borders and neat kitchen garden above but with some of the same flowering, scented shrubs carrying through. The whole property should be filled with the natural sounds and scents of the gardens and running water and all materials should be chosen for the quality of their texture and potential patina as the house settles in to its surrounds.




Third place: Bianca Pagliara Vasquez and Vinuthna Singareddy (R)

The Vicars Hill Farm architectural project prioritizes a phased development plan to deliver a thoughtfully curated space connecting indoor and outdoor areas. The main court serves as a welcoming hub, seamlessly integrating the Main house, guest house, independent office, and clubhouse, offering captivating focal points and vistas across the farm. The strategic placement of the main house ensures proximity to key activities and provides expansive views of the northern fields. A semi-private secondary court links the main and guest houses with garages, a gym, and a bicycle workshop. On the rear side of the Main House, a private outdoor space with a pool and pool house offers residents a serene retreat with views of open fields, shielded by vegetation and a low privacy wall. The site's program development emphasizes connectivity, featuring pedestrian pathways that provide a pleasant experience for users engaging in various farm activities. Carefully designed shared pathways accommodate safe, slow-paced vehicle travel, catering to all users, including horses. In essence, Vicars Hill Farm's design enhances the countryside's beauty through hierarchy of courts, progressing from public to semi-private and private, fostering harmonious connections and scenic views.



Here are the rest of the fantastic designs from everyone who participated:

Iryna Ksenofontova, Architectural Assistant (L), and Katie Wright, Architectural Assistant (R).


Roque de la Mare, Architect (L), and Soumya Singh, Architectural Assistant (Part 2) (R)



Servando de la Rosa, Architect (L), and Zi Ken Toh, Architectural Assistant (Part 2) (R)




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