This unique Passivhaus built on a Victorian estate draws inspiration from historic glasshouses

A long narrow passivhaus with a grassy and forestry surrounding with windowed walls
The home has a design that makes it appear as if it is floating, which helped the home gain a nomination for the RIBA Home of the Year award for 2023 (Image credit: RIBA)

Perched on the Isle of Wight, Saltmarsh House showcases an array of architectural feats to create a naturally lit home. 

This steel-frame home draws inspiration from the historical pitched-roofed glasshouses that once adorned the kitchen gardens of a Grade II-listed Victorian estate, where the project now resides.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.