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Kestrels

Wiltshire

Project Details

£0.5m to £0.99M

Brownfield site, New Build, Sited in AONB, Sited in Greenbelt land

Practice

Elkins Architects

Elkins Architects , 31 Market Place , CHIPPENHAM , Wiltshire , SN15 3HP

This hillside site above Bath has to rate as one of the best we’ve ever been engaged to work on, for its uninterrupted views down the valley to the World Heritage City of Bath. We wanted to create a house that both framed the views and sat in it seamlessly when viewed from the opposite hill. The lower ground floor is formed from an oolitic limestone wall, a material that forms the hill on which the house sits and from which Bath is famously built. The upper ground floor wings, sit perpendicular to the grounded stone form and centred on key views, use ebonised timber as a literal amalgamation with its woodland site. A grey brick chimney is used to anchor the otherwise horizontal nature of the building, giving it a Z axis, and drawing the eye up above the woodland backdrop to the sky. Given the access on the uphill side an inverted house was designed to allow the earth sheltered nature to the bedroom wing while the main living spaces and master suite enjoy the uninterrupted views of the ground floor. A full raft of renewables is employed with ASHP and inlay solar panels to ensure the house is designed resilient to the changing environment we will experience over its lifetime.