Bringing Our Vision to Life - the Ultimate in Contemporary English Living

I was taken aback by the site, perched high on the Cotswold escarpment. The brief to design for a new house on the site required a building anchored into the rock face, but reaching out to the view and the land falling away below.

The Architecture is an arrow head driven into the rock, two arms extending out both exploiting the distant perspective but also embracing a sheltered garden on such an exposed site. The linearity of the wings reflecting the final straight of Cheltenham racecourse several hundred feet below.

"THE ARCHITECTURE IS AN ARROW HEAD DRIVEN INTO THE ROCK"

Approached from a leafy and sheltered lane, the landscape and view unfolds as you pass through the building. The front is set against the escarpment and built from hewn stone, the building literally growing out of the site. The rear faces Cheltenham and reflects its white painted Georgian aesthetic in the use of crisp and elegantly defined stucco.

The brief for an interconnected flowing series of spaces for informal living defines the layout over three floors. Leisure, fun and play on the lower level connects with the garden. The elevated middle floor, for family living, exploits the view with a series of alternating panels and glass screens. The upper floor gives one wing over to the master suite and the other to family and guest bedrooms. As would be expected, the service rooms and garaging are inward facing.

"AN INTERCONNECTED FLOWING SERIES OF SPACES FOR INFORMAL LIVING DEFINES THE LAYOUT"

The two arms are pivotally connected with a glass hallway connecting all floors and (like the butt of a hinge) the staircase clasps the two arms together with it’s cantilevered landing and bridging galleries.

The result is the ultimate in modern living: contemporary spaces are brought to life using materials and technologies that add luxury and comfort in equal measure.

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