london-based practice, featherstone young, has designed a house to blend into its idyllic countryside location in rural england. built for a pair of retired doctors, the new residence is situated at the edge of a village in rutland. developed as two wings, the scheme provides a sizeable accommodation that is also sympathetic to its surroundings.
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built over 3735 ft2 (347 m2), the house is arranged by featherstone young into two wings that effectively divide the functions of the program. upon entering through a central courtyard space, residents arrive into the open plan kitchen and dining area, which connects to the main living room and a smaller TV room. within these spaces, timber dominates the interior to create a warm atmosphere. furthermore, the timber cladding follows the folded profile of the roof, which gently rises and spirals until it reaches the double height living space and glazed south-facing elevation.
accommodation for visiting guests is housed in the smaller wing. the design of these two volumes not only creates a subtle divide between the main house and guest bedrooms, but also contributes to establishing energy efficiency as only the main wing is heated for day-to-day living and the second guest wing is opened up when family and friends come to stay.
to blend into the landscape, the volumes are designed by featherstone young with sweeping green roofs that appear almost to grow from the site. the project also utilizes local materials to root the building into its context, such as the large dry stonewall that uses local clipsham stone.
project name: stonecrop
location: rutland, england, the UK
architect: featherstone young
built area: 3735 ft2 (347 m2)