Living Architecture: A Secular Retreat, Chivelstone, Devon

Atelier Zumthor
Residential, New Build, UK excluding London
Jack Hobhouse

Another Living Architecture project, this one was conceived as a place that a group of like-minded people could visit to relax and perhaps work together.

The structure is built from a series of massive rammed concrete walls and columns that support reinforced concrete overlapping roof plates. Both the top and bottom surfaces of the roof plates are of concrete sandwiching an insulation layer between the two. To avoid cold bridging the top layer cantilevers past the glazing line, which is set in from the perimeter of the roof.

Winner of an RIBA National Award 2019