Coming up with innovative, creative designs that respond to clients’ briefs is the most challenging but also most exciting part of an architect’s work. We recently submitted three very differing designs for a replacement farmhouse, located high up above Pontardawe in South Wales.
A small-holding set in 2.5 acres of open hillside, and with the most amazing views over two valleys, the client wants to slowly self-build over 4 years and the scheme needed to be both organic to suit their ‘close to the land’ philosophy and easy to build. And so this organic self-build design was born!
The other two schemes were a conical roundhouse and a more traditional rectangular form. Although this, their preferred design (‘The Snail’) , looks wacky and complex, it in fact is very simple: roof rafters will radiate level but in an ascending pattern from the spiral stair wall to the outer wall. The shallow pitched ‘helter-skelter’ roof will have sedum covering – a ‘green roof’. We can’t wait to work up the scheme!