Overlooking the Solway Firth

Spectacular contemporary architecture


This example of contemporary architecture is located on a spectacular site overlooking the Solway Firth. The site is a steeply sloping, former quarry in a National Scenic Area. Part of the low energy features are the NorDan triple glazed windows, with warm edge spacer bars, thermally broken frames and inert gas filled to achieve a whole window u-value of 0.7W/m2K.

Designed by architect Simon Winstanley, the first floor of this new home forms the public living accommodation with an external terrace facing the sea, conceived as a glazed pavilion sitting on top of a masonry base. The pavilion is constructed with a standing seam zinc roof, glazed on the sides with views and panels of durable timber cladding. The ground floor contains the private bedroom and bathroom facilities and the lower floor contains the garage and main entrance. The base of the quarry is the only flat part of the site and this is used for car access and the entrance to the house. The masonry base is clad with natural stone matching the exposed rock face of the quarry.

The external walls, floor and roof are highly insulated and air infiltration is minimised. The property has a ground source heat pump for the underfloor heating and hot water system with a closed combustion wood-burning stove as back up. Micro generation of renewable electricity uses roof mounted Photovoltaic Panels. This house also has a whole house heat recovery ventilation system.

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