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Stormy Castle by Loyn & Co Architects

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Manser Medal shortlist: Stormy Castle by Loyn & Co Architects

Stormy Castle is a new build Code 5 home cut into a hillside on the north coast of the Gower peninsula, within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Designed in response to our client’s brief, the original nondescript house on the site was demolished, but two 19th century outbuildings were retained and integrated into the new scheme, along with the stone boundary wall.

Arranged principally in three partially buried, earth shelter wings, stepping to follow the contours of the land and orientated to capture the breathtaking views, the new 765m² dwelling can only be seen in entirety from an aerial view. The form and mass of the new work has been deliberately fragmented to reduce impact on the landscape.

In time, the planting, which also forms the terrace guardings, will further wrap the building envelope, concealing even more of the currently exposed solid elements of the house.

Chris Loyn, principal architect, Loyn & Co Architects

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