Wharfe Bank

West Yorkshire

Taking reference from the clients love of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the beauty of the West Yorkshire countryside, the project's intentions were to create something interesting and architecturally different whilst making the most of the surrounding landscape.

This new house, built next to the Green Belt boundary in the lower reaches of Wharfedale, was designed to act as a 'full stop' to an adjacent row of monotonous, suburban stone-built detached homes. The property had to stand out from the adjacent buildings yet remain a part of the neighbourhood, integrating a unique design with the familiarity of Yorkshire suburban housing.

It achieved this with a relatively traditional staircase tower that referenced the natural stone of the adjacent properties. However around this is wrapped a timber and glass-clad arc of living spaces on three floors which are designed to take full advantage of glorious views over the river valley to the west.