A Restorative Rural Retreat for Sartfell, Isle of Man

Maximises breathtaking views of the Irish Sea

A Restorative Rural Retreat.
A Restorative Rural Retreat. Credit: Edmund Sumner

North West RIBA Regional Award 2019

Contract value: £1m
GIA: 300m²
Cost per m²: £3,333

Moulded into the west-facing slope of Sartfell on the Isle of Man, this house maximises breathtaking views out over the Irish Sea. A horizontal slot window and concrete bunker walls make the interior feel sheltered and embracing. A lake-source heat pump, high levels of insulation, MVHR and turfed roofs point to plans for it to be independent of infrastructure. The retreat will eventually be part of an ecological centre for experiencing rare Manx flora and fauna. An excellent response to the landscape and climate.

Sustainability Award sponsored by Michelmersh

  • Slot window and concrete bunker walls make the interior feel sheltered.
    Slot window and concrete bunker walls make the interior feel sheltered. Credit: Edmund Sumner
  • The house is moulded into a west-facing slope.
    The house is moulded into a west-facing slope. Credit: Edmund Sumner
  • A Restorative Rural Retreat, interior.
    A Restorative Rural Retreat, interior. Credit: Edmund Sumner
  • The retreat will eventually be part of an ecological centre.
    The retreat will eventually be part of an ecological centre. Credit: Edmund Sumner
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