This project is on the longlist for the RIBA 2016 House of the Year Award.
Project DescriptionFROM BENNETTS ASSOCIATES:
The only shame about this project is that not many people will be able to experience it. You would not expect to find such contemporary domestic architecture inside such a heavily constrained Cumbrian market town with a very active conservation lobby. The architect worked hard to clearly demonstrate how their pavilion design for the site would - despite being more contemporary - be a far better 'fit' for the town than the higher density pastiche units that were originally given planning permission.
There is quality in abundance here, but the building does not shout or present itself as ostentatious - it is a very good neighbor. The planning of this upside-down house takes full advantage of the spectacular views afforded to it, whilst maximising privacy within a very tight urban fabric. The high quality of workmanship is evident from the natural stone walling through to the bespoke carpentry within the living spaces.
This is a house that despite its design credentials and high quality of materials, still feels like a home that could and should be lived in. This is a place that allows people to connect with an inspirational setting without compromise or reversion to stereotypes. It is very worthy of a RIBA Regional Award.