Castle High House Pembrokeshire, West Wales Luxury Home, New Welsh Property, Architecture Project

Castle High House in Pembrokeshire

26 Aug 2021

Architecture: Hyde + Hyde Architects

Location: Wales, UK

Castle High House Pembrokeshire Wales

Castle High House, Pembrokeshire Wales

Out on the fringe of south west Wales overlooking the Irish Sea, a cool white concrete home hovers effortlessly over a Coastal National Park in Pembrokeshire. The monolithic form of the Castle High home exudes a sense of luxury and refuge, indifferent to the storms that blow in from Atlantic shores.

Castle High House Pembrokeshire

Large expanses of frameless glass open up the home to the rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and wild inland hills. It is a symbiotic home of weight and lightness that frames the character and essence of natural phenomena – such as light wind and rain.

Castle High House Pembrokeshire Wales

Castle High a smallholding is located within Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with panoramic views of the Atlantic.

Castle High House Pembrokeshire Wales

The traditional Welsh farm is centred around a courtyard providing protection from the constant South-Westerly Atlantic Storms that push over an ancient landscape.

Castle High House Pembrokeshire Wales

Castle High House Pembrokeshire Wales

The abandoned farm buildings themselves remain relatively unchanged since the early 1800’s.

Castle High House Pembrokeshire Wales

The practice was approached to refurbish the outbuildings and provide a luxurious and practical contemporary home to replace an existing out-dated and 1960’s house.

Castle High House Pembrokeshire Wales

Our design completes the courtyard and provides a sustainable lifestyle for the family, by utilising passive architectural strategies and low carbon technologies and a deeply rooted poetic response to place.

Castle High House Pembrokeshire Wales

Our proposal reinforces the defensibility of the existing outbuildings and reawakens an otherwise sleeping courtyard.

Castle High House Pembrokeshire Wales

The exposed site calls for a building material and stereotomic language that can endure years of constant erosion from driving wind and rain.

Castle High House Pembrokeshire Wales

The new home itself is built from white fair-faced concrete, inspired by the enduring nature of a smooth pebble found along the shoreline. These glacial debris reminds us of what mass can endure through time, yet it still feels smooth to the touch. The plastic nature of concrete also allows us to push limits not allowed by stone. Creating a simple language that recalls the deep brooding reveals of farmhouse windows in the region.

Castle High House Pembrokeshire Wales

Castle High House in Pembrokeshire, Wales – Building Information

Design: Hyde + Hyde Architects

Site size: 5700 sqm
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 2

Castle High House Pembrokeshire Wales

Images: Chris McClean and Hyde + Hyde Architects

Castle High House, Pembrokeshire, Wales images / information received 260821 from Hyde + Hyde Architects

Location: Pembrokeshire, south west Wales, UK

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