The Dorset House
Dorset House is a contemporary hybrid timber and steel frame, detached, 4 bedroom family dwelling located in a rural setting outside Bristol. Its architectural form takes reference from the local vernacular as a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Somerset long house with a simple pitched roof, asymmetrical gable and rhythmical window pattern and low sills to the first floor, whilst its materials and substantial amount of glazing on the ground floor allow a contemporary energy efficient led appearance. A design of its time, together with a single storey flat roofed element that helps to ground the building and relates it to its setting by addressing the south-west facing garden. The external walls are clad in vertical Siberian Larch, blending the house into the surrounding trees and mature vegetation together with grey aluminium clad/ composite timber windows and patio doors.