The architects and client sought to create a contemporary family home incorporating the listed shell of a small eighteenth century ruined house on site. The partial re-use of this existing house delineates this new development which is composed of two accommodation blocks connected by a glazed living-dining space.
While the ruin has been consolidated and parts are incorporated within the new building, the separation between historic and contemporary is overt. A new timber structure perches itself on a substantial dry stone wall, built on old enclosure lines and re-using stone from the site, allowing a light weight break with the local vernacular while being grounded in its robust landscape and tradition. The house thus sits comfortably within this extraordinarily beautiful landscape.