Cuckoo Wood

A contemporary replacement dwelling on a sensitive landscaped area of Green Belt in West Yorkshire.
Brief. Considerations. Solution. Information. Important projects
that followed
Cuckoo Wood.

We were asked to create a new home which crucially would improve the setting in this rural area, it needed to marry together the architectural approach with the picturesque landscape using high design quality throughout.

Through the planning process we placed importance on architectural quality, design and attractiveness in the landscape. We proposed a modern dwelling with high attention to form and proportion, creating a relationship with the landscape and striking topography. We worked closely with the client, who had lived at the site for 20 years, to develop a family home, which closely met their needs and allowed them to enjoy the landscape around them.

The dwelling itself is conceived as a solid, submerged lower ground floor containing bedroom accommodation with a lightweight open-plan first floor with large living spaces. To the rear is a more functional block which houses circulation, storage and bathrooms. This approach reduced the visible mass overall and enabled the composition of contemporary architectural form which respected the landscape.

The use of materials and subtle reference to local architecture provide a contemporary solution that works in context. Local stone from the original house was used to reference the old property and complement the vernacular materials of the area. Timber is used to soften the contemporary structure, enabling it to weather into its surroundings.

The clean silhouette and lightweight first floor provide a transparent and contemporary architectural form within the landscape. The considered use of materials and reference to the vernacular architecture, have resulted in a design response that works in context whilst at the same time, is a contemporary piece of design.

Type. One-off Houses
Client. Undisclosed
Location. Wharfedale Valley, West Yorkshire
Status. On Site
Size. Undisclosed sq.ft
Renders. Forbes Massie Studio

Important projects that followed Cuckoo Wood.

Woodland Lodge.

Woodland Lodge.

Harrowby Lane.

Harrowby Lane.

The Old School.

The Old School.

Moorland Garth.

Moorland Garth.