This house was built on the edge of a Cotswold town, in a Conservation area and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty looking out over open countryside.
West Oxfordshire District Council encouraged a creative approach that sat comfortably next to the existing buildings but was clearly a building of the 21st century. A double-height living space with bridge links to bedrooms and first floor clerestory all contained within the area created by a three storey dry stone wall with a filigree timber structure cascading toward the garden and the sun.
The curved South-facing form with solid North wall allows maximum passive solar gain, while the stepped section allows natural passive ventilation. Combined with a ground-source heat pump, natural clay block wall construction and masses of insulation the house is a synthesis of technology and design.
This building was awarded the RIBA