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House in Somerset - Mario Scotto

Oct 8 2014

Located within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Somerset, the site was formerly a group of stone farm buildings on the north facing slope of a rural valley.  The brief called for a large contemporary country house that would take advantage of the extensive open views as well as provide a southern aspect and the resultant sunny aspect. Seth Stein Architects lived up to the task. As keen environmentalists, the client required that the… Read more

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Green Orchard - Mario Scotto

Sep 2 2014

A zero-carbon house in south Gloucestershire, set within landscaped gardens with spectacular views over the Severn Estuary by Paul Archer Design. The main living spaces and the master bedroom are located on the ground floor with direct access to the garden, while an excavated sunken level creates a second floor for additional bedrooms, ensuring a low-rise profile. The building’s outer skin is made from full-height panels made from aluminium-clad timber, which are motorised to slide… Read more

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Ty Pren - Romina Osuna Tunks

Oct 5 2015

Ty Pren is a passive long house designed by Feilden Fowles and inspired by the rich local vernacular of the Brecon Beacons. Passive solar principles have driven the design, with greater window openings on the southern side, opening to views over Pen Y Fan, and fewer openings protecting against to the harsh weather from the north. The larch cladding was felled from the client’s land two miles away and milled on site. Recycled Welsh slates wrap over the… Read more

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Equestrian Centre - Romina Osuna Tunks

Sep 4 2015

Located amidst farmland and vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, Seth Stein Architects (UK) and Watson Architecture + Design (Melbourne) were commissioned to design a new equestrian centre. The building is arranged in a crescent plan characterised by a rear perimeter wall, constructed in rammed earth, which culminates in a fountain and shallow pool for the horses. Natural ventilation and shading as well as efficient use of water resources were key to the… Read more

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Family house in Notting Hill - Mario Scotto

Oct 8 2014

A new build house in Notting Hill created by Seth Stein Architects. Behind a conventional terraced street elevation the plan extends 26m in depth with accommodation arranged around an internal courtyard and terraces. The house utilizes solar heating, photovoltaics and rainwater harvesting in order to achieve the equivalent of Level 3 in the Energy and CO2 emissions category of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Photography: Richard Bryant

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Zlin Cultural Centre - Mario Scotto

Sep 17 2014

The new Cultural Centre designed by Eva Jiricna Architects accompanies the recently completed University Library for the City of Zlin. The foundations mirror the former school, surrounding the memorial to Tomas Masaryk, a Czech national hero. The new buildings have been designed to respect the site, introducing 21st century architecture whilst harmonising with the traditional landscape of Zlin. The Cultural Centre consists of two levels of underground parking, a main auditorium seating 850 with a… Read more

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Extremadura Estate - Mario Scotto

Sep 4 2014

This country house designed by Ábaton in Cáceres, western Spain, replaces a dilapidated stable, and retains the former building’s basic shape and layout, and its rustic charm. Deep eaves prevent too much sun from entering the house during summer, and large wooden shutters can be slid closed at night to cover the large windows at night to trap the heat inside. The bedrooms have huge picture windows overlooking the countryside. Electricity comes from photovoltaic panels and… Read more

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Cedarwood Countryside House - Laure Ghouila-Houri

Aug 27 2014

Set within a mature landscaped plot with views across the open Cheshire countryside, Cedarwood is a simple series of refined linear buildings by Nicolas Tye Architects that blend seamlessly and capture the innate natural beauty of their setting. Constructed from the superior quality natural materials –Western Red cedar, slate and thermal-efficient glazing – the buildings are designed to provide a healthy and sustainable living environment, highly insulated and filled with light. Awards: Northern Design Award… Read more

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House F - Benchmark

Jul 14 2014

House F is a three-storey home in Denkendorf, south-east of Stuttgart built by Ippolito Fleitz Group. Its overall proportions echo the neighbouring houses, but the asymmetrical roof ridge and different-shaped projecting and recessed windows mark it out as something more innovative. The house has a guest bedroom and office and ground level, a loft-like kitchen, dining and living space organised around a central stairwell on the first floor, and three bedrooms, open to the eaves,… Read more

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