Hyde Architects designed this modern, elevated "House for a Photographer" at the bottom of a former quarry in South Wales' Brecon National Park. The architects creatively worked around a modest budget and topographic constraints to produce an elegant but simple two-story structure. Clad in a striking Corten Steel facade punctuated by rectangular glazed openings, House for a Photographer's minimalist but earthy material palette reinforces its relationship with the surrounding environment.
Although the House for a Photographer sits at the basin of an isolated quarry, Hyde Architects gave the structure a feeling of lightness by raising the bulk of the building off the ground. A sense of spatial drama and tension was achieved by creating distance between the quarry’s rugged rock faces and the suspended modern house. The large glazed wall on the cantilevered end of the home is likened to a camera lens, “collecting light and focusing on distant views like a camera Obscura.”
The minimal footprint of the first floor is constructed with white in-situ concrete while the main entrance is discreetly tucked into the underside of the house. Passive strategies, such as the combined heat recovery unit and energy efficient insulation panels, were used to boost energy performance and thermal efficiency. A bridge jutting out from a secluded loggia links the house to the quarry landscape and an outdoor fire pit.
Via My Modern Met