This Concrete Home Buried in a Hillside in England Asks £2.9M

This Concrete Home Buried in a Hillside in England Asks £2.9M

By Kathryn M.
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.

Set on a sloping plot in Gloucestershire, the 5,000-square-foot Outhouse lives in harmony with the Forest of Dean.

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. 

Completed in 2015, the Brutalist home welcomes abundant natural light thanks to its long facade of floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Richly textured, antique furnishings contrast with black structural details and concrete finishings.

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.

Custom-designed blue cabinets span the kitchen, which also features top-of-the-line, stainless-steel appliances. An extended marble-topped island offers plenty of counter space for preparing meals and dining at the built-in table.

The light-filled gallery hall acts as an "arterial road," splitting up the main zones of the house.

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.

A peek inside one of the home’s spacious three bedrooms. Crisp white walls complement a concrete feature wall, while wide-planked hardwoods add a layer of warmth to the space. 

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. 

Along with a handmade wooden vanity, the bedroom also features an oversize soaking tub. A floor-to-ceiling picture window frames mesmerizing valley views. 

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Vintage French Oyster Basket
Straight From The Sea. We like to collect things for our home that have a story and a history. This vintage French oyster basket was used on the coast of France to grow oysters in the sea beds.
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Peg and Awl Reclaimed Wood Kitchen or Bath Cubby
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Art studios are located along the back of the property. Illuminated by large skylights, these spaces also offer direct access to private gardens, which are bordered by an original stone wall.

A look at another bright and airy bedroom, which also leads directly to the outdoors.

At the main entrance, a large, paved carport offers a charging point for electric vehicles.

Through its use of sleek, horizontal lines, Outhouse appears embedded within the natural landscape.

The home’s impressive green roof also allows it to nearly disappear  into the surrounding meadows. 

Outhouse is currently listed for £2,895,000 (~$3,725,000) by The Modern House. 

Project Credits: 

Architects: Loyn + Co.

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