Discrete eco-house in a National Landscape (AONB)

Unique home with a sunken design

Nidderdale National Landscape (AONB), North Yorkshire

Exceptional sunken eco house int he countryside

The design and form of this eco-house was a direct response to the desire to create significant living space with panoramic views, appropriate to the location, remaining sensitive to the wider setting of the National Landscape (AONB). Incorporating a dynamic, landscape-based concept we used indigenous dry-stone walls as a device to structure a single ‘ribbon’ design. In this way the project was designed deliberately to blend into the landscape, using local, natural materials; a beautiful home anchored in nature.


To deliver a discrete eco-house of deceptively significant proportions, within the settlement boundaries, blending into the landscape and making the most of arresting landscape views.

Exceptional sunken eco house int he countryside

Exceptional sunken eco house int he countryside


This was a full Rural Solutions planning and design project. We were commissioned to design and deliver the planning for a new house on land owned by the client.

Due to the topography of the site and its location on the edge of the village, as well as being a greenfield site in a National Landscape (AONB), we created a sunken concept that, when viewed from the neighbouring properties was a single-storey bounded by a drystone wall with sedum roof which, when viewed from the front, was tiered. The earth-sheltered design, was built of local materials, with a ground source heat pump and mechanical ventilation with a heat recovery system which meant it significantly improved upon building regulations in terms of energy use.


Planning consent was achieved and full design services utilised to create a unique eco-house with fantastic views and living spaces.

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