This was a site we bought with planning permission for five, three-storey executive houses and re-designed more sympathetically as a ground-hugging terrace of 9 houses. We successfully obtained planning permission at appeal in 2013 and subsequently sold the site to McCullochs who have built something approximating our original design.
As designed, the houses (built into the hillside) are barely visible from the main road. However, dropping down the hill reveals a terrace of two storey, four-bedroom houses (x8) and a single storey three-bedroom house. In order not to mar the view, the car parking (two spaces per house) is hidden from view beneath a landscaped earth berm.
The ‘building as landscape’ theme continues with the grass bank beneath the houses literally rising up and over, enveloping the walls and roof with a green cloak of wildflower meadow grass. To make the most of the stunning views, the traditional house plan has been inverted, with living accommodation at upper ground floor level and bedrooms and ancillary accommodation on the level below.