Loyn & Co. Architects’ Stormy Castle, a contemporary private house atop a hillside on the Gower peninsula in Wales, has won the UK’s most prestigious housing design award, the 2014 RIBA Manser Medal.
“Despite its remote and unforgiving local environment, the architects created a three-storey home which pulls a remarkable amount of natural light deep into its interior.” says RIBA. “Complimenting this are polished concrete floors flowing throughout and crystalline white ceilings which help create a contemporary feel in such a rural setting.”
“Rusted steel on the external doors, cladding and on the roof of the retained barn evoke a raw, honest aesthetic and sit well with materials used locally in agriculture buildings.”
“Full height glazing maximise the views on to designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and although the house is 725 square metres in area, much of it is cleverly hidden underground, emerging to make the most of the stunning views of the manicured perimeter and the wild meadow and heathland stretching beyond.”
RIBA Manser Medal Chair Michael Manser CBE added: “This is a bold design in an area of Wales where arguably more conservative design solutions usually hold sway. I was impressed by the sustainability credentials, with a comprehensive range of energy, recycling and heating strategies incorporated into the design, which will be invaluable in dealing with such a large footprint.”