Blue Door

Hall + Bednarczyk Architects, Monmouthshire, 2010


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View from the south east 

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  • View from the south east    
  • Front view    
  • Blue Door in the landscape    
  • Blue Door in landscape    
  • Ceramic tile close detail    
  • Front panorama    
  • Kitchen view    
  • Stairs and landing    
  • Stairs and lounge    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
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  • North elevation    
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Energy efficient four-bedroom family home located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in rural Monmouthshire

Blue Door is a family home built on an elevated site on a steep hillside that is located within the protected landscape of Wye Valley. The design references the hillside topography and makes use of a reinforced concrete retaining wall at the rear of the building.

The open plan house employs a steel frame within an insulated timber stud envelope with lots of glazing. There is a top-lit gallery on the ground floor and balconies are formed from overhangs that also act as solar shading devices.

The external façade is clad with oxidised copper-coated ceramic tiles along with horizontal cedar boarding that blends into the hues of the hillside. The timber is intended to weather over time to a silver tone that compliments the green copper tiles.

A timber monocoque roof topped in zinc forms a wing that provides protection from excessive solar gain for the glazed double-height living room. The house is heated by a ground source heat pump augmented by a heat recovery system. The building achieved a Level 4 in Code for Sustainable Homes.


  • Begun: Dec 2008
  • Completed: Jan 2010
  • Floor area: 256m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £430,000
  • Address: Blue Door, Far Hill, Monmouthshire, NP16 6QY, United Kingdom

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