Nestled in the earth and sporting a green roof, this energy-efficient home in Gloucestershire includes a series of art studios.
Set in a sloping meadow on the edge of Brockweir, an English village dating back to the 13th century, the Outhouse is a Brutalist residence designed in 2015 by architects Loyn + Co. The home has received numerous awards, as well as recognition on the short lists for a RIBA Stirling prize and RIBA House of the Year in 2016.
Described in The Architects Journal as "one of the most outstanding new houses in Britain in a decade," the 5,000-square-foot dwelling is split into two volumes, separated by a gallery hall.
The front of the home offers south-facing living spaces—including a dining area and kitchen, as well as two bedrooms. This zone is beautifully illuminated by a long, open facade, which captures far-reaching views of the valley and beyond.
The back of the property houses the third bedroom, in addition to a series of expansive art studios—each connected to an external courtyard garden. "These mirror the positions of the site’s original buildings in a reversal of form and purpose, providing private, sheltered spaces and a source of light and air throughout," notes the listing.
While the home’s contemporary concrete form evokes a monolithic quality, it is also designed around energy efficiency. The residence includes whole-house ventilation with a ground source heat pump, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, and underfloor heating, altogether achieving an EPC of 96/100. Scroll ahead to see more of the property, currently on the market for £2,895,000.