This Welsh home is at one with its natural site

Loyn + Co has designed a Welsh home for a family of keen gardeners, built around greenery and views

house surrounded by trees
This Welsh home by Loyn + Co features a Kebony wood façade and is built around existing pine trees on the site
(Image credit: Charles Hosea)

Set among rich foliage on the rugged Welsh coastline, this private house is a contemporary new-build with a sustainable vision to boot. Its architects, Cardiff-based Loyn + Co, crafted the home using the site and its natural surroundings as their starting point, wrapping the structure in wood. At the same time, greenery is accessible everywhere in this Welsh home – either in the form of planting, both inside and out, or the long natural views the home offers through its extensive, glazed openings.

The house's volume was planned around the plot’s mature pine trees, ensuring the structure meanders around them, partly nestled into the sloped site. This floorplan arrangement also allows for the creation of various courtyards and clearings, which the clients, who are keen gardeners, appreciated. Apart from the outdoor planting, there is also an enclosed winter garden, ensuring they can continue with their passion year-round, whatever the weather.

Welsh home that embraces nature

glass staircase with plants

(Image credit: Charles Hosea)

The façade cladding is made of Kebony wood, a Norwegian product created through the treatment of softwood using environmentally friendly, patented processes that allow it to be used in a similar way to hardwood – making it perfect for outdoor use. The architects are passionate about sustainable architecture, in particular following the recent COP26 climate summit, so are committed to using products that can improve a building's eco credentials. 

‘The new home has been thoughtfully knitted into this complex site to work with the varying levels and existing beautiful trees,' says Loyn + Co’s director James Stroud. ‘The design truly brings the outside in, not only through “inside outside spaces” and visual links through the house to the sea beyond, but through the indoor garden within the central atrium where nature is the focus. Simple measures such as bringing the Kebony cladding in and through the atrium reinforces this concept.’

A Welsh home that balances its angled terrain and existing mature trees with an eco-friendly approach that responds to its owners’ daily needs, this design by Loyn + Co is a perfect countryside hideaway; a space that feels at one with nature at every corner.

house exterior with windows and surrounding trees

(Image credit: Charles Hosea)

house with front yard lawn and glass windows

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house with glass woodland and trees

(Image credit: Charles Hosea)

house staircase

(Image credit: Charles Hosea)

hallway with glass handrail

(Image credit: Charles Hosea)


Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).

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