The Quest, Dorset

A house that has clearly delighted his clients

The Quest, Dorset by Strom Architects.
The Quest, Dorset by Strom Architects. Credit: Martin Gardner

Strom Architects for private client

Contract value: £750,000

GIA: 205.00m²

This is a single-storey home for octogenarian clients and their disabled daughter, who handed the architect a two-page brief and said ‘get on with it’.

The design provides flexible deep open plan living, with a fantastic view to the south west of the clients’ old farmhouse and surrounding hills.

Extreme purity and intelligence has been at work and the result is an almost effortless sense of space. The chimney stack neatly conceals the CH&P exchange unit as well as providing for the open fire in the living area. 

 
  • The Quest, Dorset by Strom Architects.
    The Quest, Dorset by Strom Architects. Credit: Martin Gardner
  • The Quest, Dorset by Strom Architects.
    The Quest, Dorset by Strom Architects. Credit: Martin Gardner
  • The Quest, Dorset by Strom Architects.
    The Quest, Dorset by Strom Architects. Credit: Martin Gardner
  • The Quest, Dorset by Strom Architects.
    The Quest, Dorset by Strom Architects. Credit: Martin Gardner
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Flooring in the main spaces is local Purbeck limestone which provides thermal mass, while glazed facades maximise natural light.

Structural challenges had to be overcome following discovery of a mine shaft. The architect displayed tenacity and vision, while producing a house that has clearly delighted his clients.


Regional Project Architect of the Year (Magnus Strom)

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