Tower house, Nutley,
Hampshire, UK, 2017

The competition brief invited proposals for a large new-build country house that would stand on the site of an existing water tower and form part of the Portsmouth Estate, home to the Earl and Countess of Portsmouth. On the crest of a hill, at the edge of agricultural and wooded land, the form of the Tower House preserves a memory rather than the physical presence of the water tower in the landscape.

Conceived as a cast block with deep window recesses scooped from the walls, the house is anchored to the ground by a low courtyard extension. The interior is carved out to create a sequence of large and smaller rooms which unfold through the house along a winding stair culminating in a rooftop terrace with long views across the landscape.

Competition: 2011
Gross internal area: 435m2