Architect John Pardey has created an emphatically linear design for Hurst House in the UK, carving out living spaces on a grand scale
The open-plan kitchen, dining and living area dominates the first floor, which is lined by a balcony that runs the entire length of the building
This opens up the façade while ensuring the flow between volumes is maximised
The linearity of the building sits in contrast to the rolling landscape around it
The architect's chief challenge was to create a unique, yet low impact design for this private home. The house's ground floor nestles into the slope at the front of the site, reducing the overall height by 1.4m, while the L-shaped footprint tucks the bedrooms towards the rear, forming a private, south facing courtyard and carport.
The glazing retreats at the south end to form an upper outdoor living area that echoes the ground floor in a predominant east-to-west axis
The entrance and stairwell
Weston Underwood stone lines the ground floor (the quarry is a mere 40 miles away), while the timber is British grown Sweet Chestnut, and a contemporary touch is added by the zinc cladding
Strategic openings in the architecture give the building a feeling of lightness
A corridor on the ground floor
The linearity of the architecture is echoed in the bathroom fittings
The working drawing package was sub-contracted to former Pardey employee Magnus Ström, who saw the build through to completion
The house peeks out from below the tree line, while the topography of the site shows off its contemporary features that nod discretely towards an all-mod-con 21st century living
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