Architectural practice Hyde + Hyde are no strangers to the pages of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine; Pennard House (below), their contemporary take on regional Welsh architecture with a strong hint of Californian living, even won ‘Best Contemporary House’ in the Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards in 2010. Their latest design (above) for a self-build on the Gower Peninsula, south Wales, has just been awarded planning permission and is yet another enviable example of the practice’s art.

The design is emblematic of what good architecture is all about — it will not only provide the owners with light-filled interiors which capture coastal vistas in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but both draws its inspiration from the surrounding vernacular and responds to the landscape. Dry stone walling has been used within the area since medieval times, while the exposed oak beams planned for first floor living space take their cue from local agricultural buildings. All this will be topped off with a monopitch roof, orientated so as to protect the house from coastal gusts.

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