The designers of two stunning new private homes in South Wales have been recognised for their cutting edge architecture.
Swansea’s Hyde Hyde Architects and Hampshire based John Pardey Architects both picked up Welsh Architecture Awards at a ceremony in Newport last night.
The Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) said the two firms were being rewarded for their “sensitive response to the environment and delivering beyond their clients’ expectations.”
Husband and wife team Kristian and Kay Hyde’s winning project was Petravore House, a spectacular refurbishment and contemporary extension with imaginative use of copper to a 1930s dwelling in Cyncoed, Cardiff.
John Pardey Architects’ winning building was the seaside Trewarren House in Newport, Pembrokeshire.
Mr Pardey said of it: “I created a contemporary take on the traditional Welsh cottage with black roof, white walls and chimney.
“The location is absolutely beautiful. I had a planning battle I believe was unnecessary but the clients were wonderful and in the end I think we’ve created something that adds to this fantastic location.”
Kay Hyde said: “Each project for us is unique and reflects the varied circumstances of our clients.
“Petravore was the outcome of a close working relationship with our clients, with the aim of achieving an architecture that is humanistic in its outlook and conscious of the rituals and practicalities of daily life.”
Hyde and Hyde said of its work on Petravore House: “To the front of the property the new addition appears as a simple copper box ‘peeping’ above the layers of existing green glazed tiles of the existing home.
“In the refurbishment, living and entertaining space is provided at ground floor through the introduction of a predominantly single storey glazed element.
“At first floor – a layered copper and oak form appears to delicately hover, set on a shifted geometry to acknowledge the existing building form. “This creates a series of overhangs, cantilevers and canopies to shelter its occupants from the persistent Welsh rain.”
The judges said of Petravore house: “It’s a two-storey ‘jewel box’ providing extended living and entertaining space where house and garden seem to merge into one through a glazed elevation.”
Of Trewarren House in Pembrokeshire, the judges added: “It also uses glazing to stunning effect, with sliding glazed screens opening from the first floor living and dining area onto a timber-decked balcony overlooking the Newport Estuary.
“The house must surely have one of the best views in Wales.”
Six other buildings across Wales on the shortlist for the awards were Bargoed Library, Cynon Valley Neighbourhood Hospital, Caerphilly’s Cwm Ifor Primary School, Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, Craigol Isaf, Builth Wells and the New Day Hospice for St David’s Foundation.
RSAW President Andy Sutton said last night: “Wales can be incredibly proud of such an impressive shortlist.
“Welsh architects are creating innovative solutions – sometimes with challenging budgets, especially in the public sector – and are producing beautiful and sustainable buildings that people want to live and work in.
“The two buildings that were singled out for Welsh Architecture Awards are individually tailored, thoughtful designs which also benefit from superb craftsmanship.”