Butterfly Roof House on the Dart
This striking new build property on the river Dart included the most modern design and construction techniques. The three-storey dwelling was built with a steel portal frame sat on concrete retaining walls set into the landscape. With a spectacular roof design that reflects the river valley, this highly sustainable building collects rainwater for re-use, whilst solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, and an air source heat pump provide underfloor heating and hot water.
The steep site created multiple issues for construction but architecturally allowed for only a single storey to be visible from the entry façade. The entrance is aligned with the main staircase, forming an ‘architectural promenade’ through the house which gives clients a sweeping view of the sky, river and landscape. Built into the sloping topography, this technically challenging build works in harmony with the landscape, as if growing from it, rather than sitting on it.