Stormy Castle

Loyn & Co Architects , South Wales, 2013

 

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Stormy Castle is a Code 5, site-specific home in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gower, South Wales

Built to replace an existing house on an elevated site in a remote rural location on the edge of National Trust land, the home is designed to be a low-maintenance, sustainable home that responds sensitively to the landscape.

Principal materials selected for the project were in-situ concrete, using GGBS, with elements of Cor-ten and glass. This combination gave the required low maintenance and longevity, while providing a raw, honest aesthetic appropriate to the site. Concrete is widely used in local agricultural buildings, as is rusted metal, which tones with surrounding bracken and the landscape generally.

The house has three stepped ‘wings’ that follow the contours of the land, with much of the proposed dwelling cut and sunk into the sloping site, reducing massing, visibility and impact. The fragmented form evolved in response to the site topography and climatic considerations, combined with desired views, light, privacy and internal organisation and room relationships, access and circulation. Extensive landscaping provides manicured areas close to the house with the remainder being returned to wild hillside, meadow or heathland.

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  • Begun: Mar 2012
  • Completed: Oct 2013
  • Floor area: 765m2
  • Sector: House
  • Procurement: JCT Intermediate with Contractors Design
  • Address: Gower, South Wales, United Kingdom

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