Featherstone Young completed Ty-Hedfan, a new houseShingle House, the Second Holiday Home, by NORD Architecture. Read more ... » in Brecon Beacons, Wales. Ty-Hedfan became a new house perched above a river in a small villageSafe House Transforming From Villa to a Fortress by Robert Konieczny. Read more ... » at the top of a valley, five miles from Brecon and the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. The site denoted quite unique, sloping down to the confluence of two rivers, Ysgir Fach and Ysgir Fawr that ran across the length of the property.
The unique house got full advantage of this river side location. Because of a statutory 6m no-build zone along the river bank, it sustained the main living areas up to the river bank and elevates them amongst the trees. The house became a further exploration of the practice?s interest in highly site specific and contextual architecture, taking its cue from the traditional Welsh long houseTy Pren Long House Design Concept in South Wales by Feilden Fowles. Read more ... » form House of Resonance, a Modern House by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects. Read more ... ». It applied local materials such as slate and stone and by fully utilizing the topography of the site. A striking and unique form was created. The house totals were 2400sqft (223sqm) of internal living space which was split into two quite differently constructed wings:
In the main house wing, there were the cantilevered living room and a double height kitchen and dining spaces that opened onto an elevated courtyardLadderstile House, a Courtyard House, by ThreefoldArchitects. Read more ... » overlooking the gardenFuneral Home and Garden in Pinoso for Public Building, by Cor . Read more ... », river and countryside. The upper floor of this wing, partially within the roofspace, included 2 bedrooms and bathrooms.
The second wing was perpendicular to the first and partially buried into the sloping ground. There was a gently sloping green sedum roof that appears to be an extension of the garden behind. This wing consisted of two guest bedrooms and a study room with bed mezzanine, all with full height windows and doors opening up onto a riverside deck. Punctuating the green roof were irregular shaped rooflights bringing ample daylight into this semi sunken area.
The main wing was constructed a hybrid timber and steel frame structure clad with traditional slate and locally sourced stone. Large timber framed windows on the south and southwest elevations increased the thermal benefits from solar gain. Insulated thermal mass was increased through the two large stone walls wrapping the main house and forming the entrance hall and interface with the lower guest wing. The guest wings concrete retaining walls and green sedum roof increased further thermal mass whilst solar panels and an air source heat pump secured the house was energy efficient.
Local contractors Osborne Builders of Builth Wells established Ty-Hedfan. It was a family run business employing skilled carpenters and stone masons. Four men single handedly were built the house from beginning to end crossing all trades from the heavy concrete and timber structure through to the fine finishing of joinery and mosaic tiling.
This house cantilevered over a river in Wales was designed by London studioContainer Studio, an Art Studio in the Woods, by MB Architecture. Read more ... » Featherstone Young. Called Ty Hedfan, it was meaning “hovering house” in Welsh. The house designDeepstone House – Contemporary House Design in Scotland. Read more ... » was separated into two contrasting wings. The first was shored over the river. There were the double-height living room, kitchen and dining room, plus bedroom and bathrooms in the roof space, all arranged around an elevated courtyard. The second wing was plunged in the ground and covered by a green roof. A guest room and study room were contained. The modern houseThe Japanese House Design for a Family with Three Children. Read more ... » was made of locally sourced materials including slate, stone and wood.
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