Built atop a stacked stone base embedded into a hillside, the Deepstone House is the latest project from Simon Winstanley Architects. Overlooking the Solway Firth in southwest Scotland, the Deepston House foregoes the traditional architectural style of neighboring structures, instead choosing a dramatic juxtaposition of a glazed pavilion perched on a solid base. The stone utilized on the base is recycled from the quarry that previously occupied the site. Evidence of the quarry can still be seen in the rocky face of the hillside.
The lower level of the home contains a garage and bedrooms, while the upper pavilion houses living, dining, and kitchen spaces. Energy efficiency was a top priority for the homeowners, and the home incorporates a number of technologies to meet their demands. They include triple glazed windows filled with inert glass and termally-broken frames, roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, a whole-house heat recovery ventilation system, and geothermal heating.
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