Princes Risborough – New House

A partially subterranean home built into the hillside

This new, modern house was positioned within the hillside of its wonderful, sloping site, in order to maximise views.  Being located in the Green Belt and AONB we were limited on the area of house permissible above ground, and rather than dig down to form a basement, we made use of the natural topography of the site to create a single storey dwelling of around 5,500sqft, where half of it is below ground and not visible. 

On plan, a stone wall divides the above and below ground elements.  Behind the wall, below ground, the building has been constructed in concrete to bear the load of the hillside, and in front of the wall, above ground, the construction is lightweight steel and glass, designed as a pavilion style structure.  The stone is also used on the chimney to anchor the house on its site and highlight the front entrance.