Prospect House

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.


Private

Structural Engineer:

Momentum

Services Engineer:

Buro Happold

Lighting Designer:

Mindseye

Contractor:

Emery

Quantity Surveyors:

Cyril Smith Ltd.

Concrete Installation Contractor:

Steyson Granolithic

Publications

'Wrap Artists', in: Building Design
(London, UK: Sept. 24, 2010)

'It's As Good As New', in: The Sunday Times
(London, UK: Oct. 17, 2010)

'California Dreaming', in: The Independent
(London, UK: Aug. 6, 2010)

'Dow Jones Architects Remodels Prospect House', in: Designboom
(Milan, Italy: March 29, 2014)

'Prospect House', in: Architecture Today
(London, UK: Sept. 1, 2010)

'Clad All Over', in: Homebuilding And Renovating Magazine
(London, UK: March 1, 2012)

'Women In Practice', in: Architects Journal
(London, UK: Jan. 12, 2012)

'Prospect House', in: Divisare
(Rome, Italy: March 27, 2013)