Impressive example of architect and client in harmony
Warren Benbow Architects for Roman and
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 351 m²
The quality of Hope View House is the way it concentrates appreciation of its views. Challenges included building on a hill in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the client’s wish for Passivhaus standard. From below, the house reads as a long dry-stone retaining wall with a single glazed aperture – a concept that allows it to nestle into the contours.
A meadow grass roof completes the impression that it is not so much ‘on’ as ‘of’ the hill. A three-sided entrance courtyard artfully conceals the view, delaying the ‘reveal’ until the living space. Here full-height windows draw attention to a splendid panorama. Internally this logic is followed with straightforward rigour, placing principal rooms to the south and more full-height windows. This is an impressive example of architect and client in harmony with each other and site.
Sustainability award sponsored by Geberit