‘The ore awakes
To trumpets of bright metal…’
Sky Furnace by Ted Hughes – west country poet local to this area
The west country light is silver with rich green valleys, in response to the latitude and moisture laden atmosphere of warm Atlantic air rising over Dartmoor.
The roof is copper. It is a response in warmer tones to the silvery sky and references the molten birth of the igneous batholith that forms Dartmoor. The angles and collisions of the roof planes and its seams vary and mature in colour from different daily lights, seasons and age. The warmth and animation of light is further enhanced by a reflection pool, careful positioning on the site and a pitched ceiling to follow the roof with light interiors. Sun angles at different times of year were calculated at the outset of the design process and plotted onto the site to achieve this.
The house is designed to consume little energy, be easy to maintain and last. The thermal performance is 3- 4x better than standard building regulation requirements. Rainwater is recycled. Materials, including the copper roof, have longevity and low maintenance.
Making an inspirational dwelling in south west of UK with beautiful responsive light, a direct and open relationship to the landscape and at the same time making it a low energy building that can be enjoyed for a long time has been the aspiration.