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03/08/2010
Practice Awarded Plaque of Merit – National Eisteddfod of Wales

Pennard house lap pool - reflecting wall

A ‘new build’ by Cardiff and Swansea based hyde + hyde architects has been awarded the Plaque of Merit at the Blaenau Gwent 2010 National Eisteddfod of Wales (Ebbw Vale, 31 July – 7 August 2010).

Pennard House by Hyde + Hyde was fully deserving of the accolade, said the selectors Prof. Bill Davies and Prof. Malcolm Parry.

“It was a pleasure to be introduced to the work of the architects Hyde + Hyde, who were previously unknown to us. They have developed their own distinctive modern approach to domestic architecture mainly in renovations and extensions to houses in the Swansea and Cardiff area”.

The new project, built in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, was inspired by local barns and the impressive sunsets of its Gower location. A strong emphasis was given to the horizontal coursing of the building in order to reduce its scale and accentuate its relationship with the horizon. Through its plan, the form metaphorically embraces the sun with its arms outstretched, opening westwards, said the architects who believe “that tradition must develop and evolve in order to survive”.

Guest bedroom wing

“With Pennard House, Hyde + Hyde have had the opportunity to build a completely new house in a sensitive setting on the Gower Peninsula,” said Bill Davies and Malcolm Parry. “Here working with the guidance of a sympathetic planning authority and within the local context, they and their totally involved clients have produced and uncompromisingly modern, courtyard house. Beautifully detailed it contains all the elements of the architects’ personal style; elegant aesthetic composition, spare subtle detail, careful integration of interior and exterior space and sensitive response to daylight and quality materials”.

South wall stone detail

The aim of this award is to draw attention to the importance of architecture in the nation’s culture and to honour architects achieving the highest design standards. With the Plaque of Merit, architects were invited to submit either new projects or refurbishment projects constructed in Wales and completed between 2007 and 2010, that enhance the environment and whose final account did not exceed £750,000.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales’ architecture awards and exhibition are realised in conjunction with the Royal Society of Architects in Wales.

For further information please contact Robyn Tomos, National Eisteddfod of Wales Visual Arts Officer: 07787 550017 Alternatively contact Hyde + Hyde Architects: 01792 420838 or email us mail@hydearchitects.com

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