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Location: Hampshire

Client: Private

Value: £800k

Status: Proposal Completed

Horizon House

Private house in the Hampshire countryside, designed to be of exceptional architectural quality in order to achieve planning permission through Paragraph 79 of the NPPF (2020). The concept for the building is inspired by flint, a naturally occurring rock colloquially known as ‘the crop that never fails’. The rock is worked to reveal its darker, glossy core. The house is made up of two contrasting halves, a dark glossy element, which will reflect its surroundings and a rougher flint clad ‘chalky’ component.

Designed to Passivhaus Plus, with ArchitecturePLB as both architect and Passivhaus Designer, the house would have virtually zero net running costs, while providing a building which raises the standard of buildings in the countryside. The building also sought to achieve a family connection, being designed for the site owner’s daughter and allowing the extended family mutual support.

The proposals were described by the Architect’s Review Panel as being ‘extremely outstanding’ and ‘so unusual and beautiful that in a sense, it is a form of sculpture and is something people who enjoy the countryside, would appreciate for its artfulness and relevance’.