Prospect House

Bath
2009–2011
Client: Private
Project status: Completed

Awards

  • Building Design Magazine Architect of the Year Award - Refurbishment 2010, Winner
  • The Daily Telegraph Daily Telegraph Home Building and Renovating Award 2012, Highly Commended

A remodelled 1980s family house and new studio in Bath.

The original house house suffered from poor environmental performance and felt disconnected from its site, with circuitous access to the garden, and windows positioned so low that you couldnt see the spectacular view when standing. We gutted the house, stripping it back to its structure and cutting new openings both inside and on the external walls. The interior was reorganised with clearer connections between spaces, and new doors, windows and rooflights created address the surrounding views and the passage of the sun. This new arrangement of openings establishes a coherent relationship with the garden and valley beyond.

The remodelled house has been heavily insulated and wrapped entirely in chocolate brown zinc, and has the appearance of a crystal buried into the hillside. New terraces around the house allow thresholds between the house and garden, with a new studio and garage building alongside.

The bedrooms on the first floor all open into a withdrawing room, which provides a view across the green to the sea.

Structural Engineer

Momentum

Services Engineer

Buro Happold

Lighting Designer

Mindseye

Contractor

Emery

Quantity Surveyors

Cyril Smith Ltd

Concrete Installation Contractor

Steysons Granolithic

Publications

‘Clad All Over’, in: Homebuilding And Renovating Magazine (London: 2012201220122012)

‘Women In Practice’, in: Architects Journal (London: 12 January 2012)

Dominic Bradbury, ‘Its As Good As New’, in: The Sunday Times (London: 17 October 2010)

Hugh Strange, ‘Wrap Artists’, in: Building Design (24 September 2010)

David Grandorge, ‘Prospect House’, in: Architecture Today (London: 1 September 2010)

‘California Dreaming’, in: The Independent (6 August 2010)


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