RIBA Regional Awards 2014: East Midlands
High Edge, Matlock
Evans Vettori Architects for a private client
Contract £347,000. GIA 187m2
This new family home overlooking Matlock and the River Derwent, inspired by the fact that the area was known a century ago as ‘Little Switzerland’, uses a Swiss chalet as a leitmotif. It is, the judges claim, ‘an excellent example of how knowledge of local history can influence design and lead to inspiring architecture’.
An outward-facing gable under a prominent roof, its sloping soffit experienced everywhere internally, provides a variety of individual and voluminous internal spaces. The building displays an impressive range of traditional and contemporary craftsmanship, and despite many planning and construction constraints, feels natural and in repose. Carefully chosen materials, delicate details and eclectic fittings give the house a unique character and clever internal spatial plays are only eclipsed by the stunning views out across the valley.