We were asked to design a house for a site surrounded by mature oaks, pines and a 25 metre monkey puzzle tree on the edge of the Gower peninsula.
The shear presence of the trees could not be ignored and their loci formed the core inspiration of the architectural idea.
The building’s position was chosen to mediate between the two most mature trees. The house is mainly open plan with private internal and external spaces + courtyards.
The profile of the roof was derived only by understanding how profoundly important these trees were to the local community. To encourage and retain this relationship a mono-pitch roof acts as a mediator between the public realm and the amenity of the trees; whilst simultaneously opening up to the path of the sun.