Wild Acre House
The house sits on a vacant site adjacent to the Green Belt, and bordering a Conservation area. It is in a semi-rural location and benefits from surrounding fields to the side and rear offering stunning vistas and open views. Framing these views and allowing maximum daylight into the building was an important brief from the client and the footprint and orientation of the home was derived from the clients desire to be in connection with this landscape from every space in the house. The form of the building developed as a response to the scale and proportion of the surrounding buildings, and it wraps across the site in two wings. The centre of these 2 wings is a double height space which frames the view to the landscape wild garden and the countryside beyond, creating an immediate spectacle upon arrival. Internally, long views across living and circulation spaces bring the inhabitant into contact with the nature around them from the central heart of the home. These living spaces are generously sized and open plan to allow visibility and connectivity between day to day functions and respond to the inhabitants needs with their family. Cut outs from the massing create opportunities for terraces at the first floor from the master bedroom and library, giving private spaces for moments of calm. The house is designed to be their ‘forever home’ and so central to the brief was ensuring it could be flexible and adaptable to their needs as they and their family grew older together.