Ty-Hedfan

Featherstone Young, Brecon Beacons, 2010

 

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Tim Brotherton & Featherstone Young     Download Original

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Cantilevered house next to a river within the Brecon Beacons National Park

Ty-Hedfan, which means ʻhovering houseʼ occupies a sloping site at the conference of two rivers in the Breacon Beacons. To take full advantage of the site the main living area is cantilevered towards the river, a move necessitated by a statutory 6m no-build zone along the river bank.

The internal space is split into two wings. The main house, which contains the cantilevered living room, a double height kitchen and dining space and two bedrooms, is a hybrid timber and steel frame structure clad with traditional slate and locally sourced stone.

The guest wing is perpendicular to the main house and partially buried into the sloping site. This wing contains two guest bedrooms and a study, with full height windows and doors that opening up onto a riverside deck. Its gently sloping sedum roof, punctuated by rooflights to allow daylight into the partially sunken area, appears to be an extension of the garden behind.

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