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Stormy Castle by Loyn & Co Architects

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Four Houses: Stormy Castle by Loyn & Co Architects

Stormy Castle is a Code 5, site-specific home in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gower, South Wales.

Built to replace an existing house on an elevated site in a remote rural location on the edge of National Trust land, the new home was inevitably going to be controversial. Through extensive analysis of the exposed site and detailed discussion with the client we designed a low-maintenance, sustainable home that responds sensitively to the landscape.

Principal materials selected for the project were in-situ concrete, using GGBS, with elements of Cor-ten and glass. This combination gave the required low maintenance and longevity, while providing a raw, honest aesthetic appropriate to the site. Concrete is widely used in local agricultural buildings, as is rusted metal, which tones with surrounding bracken and the landscape generally.

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Having considered the optimum way of building into the hillside, the dwelling was conceived as three stepped ‘wings’ following the contours of the land, with much of the proposed dwelling cut and sunk into the sloping site, reducing massing, visibility and impact. This fragmented form evolved in response to the site topography and climatic considerations, combined with desired views, light, privacy and internal organisation and room relationships, access and circulation. Extensive landscaping provides manicured areas close to the house with the remainder being returned to wild hillside, meadow or heathland.

Chris Loyn, director, Loyn & Co Architects

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