Design Awards 2011
Simon Winstanley Architects
Fordhouse is located in rolling open countryside near Castle Douglas in south west Scotland. It replaces an existing derelict farmhouse and is sited to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views to the south, east and west.
The house is divided into three linked forms expressing the main two storey house with garage wing and studio / guest wing enclosing an entrance forecourt. These three elements are stretched across the site to create a sunny private garden and more formal entrance to the north. The form of the house with 40˚ double pitched roof echoes the traditional local houses but the black zinc roof and wall cladding gives it a contemporary twist, and an agricultural barn-like appearance from a distance.
The design is also driven by a strong energy efficient agenda. The house is constructed to Passiv House standards of insulation and is heated by a geothermal heat pump, solar hot water panels, and a whole house heat recovery ventilation system giving the highest energy rating.