‘Hill House’ designed by partner Mike Keys and his wife Anne Claxton was screened on Grand Designs: House of the Year. The special four-part Channel 4 series presented by Kevin McCloud, follows the RIBA House of the Year Awards for the best new house, designed by an architect, in the UK.
Hill House, set in a conservation area on the northern slopes of Bath, is a modernist three-bedroom single storey house built as a family home. Having won a RIBA South West Award 2017, the project joined the shortlist of 20 schemes put forward for the House of the Year award.
The modernist house replaces a 1960’s bungalow on a 0.3-acre site opposite a Georgian terrace and in a city renowned for its historic and Grade-II listed buildings. The sensitive choice of brick gives the building a distinctive colour tone and texture designed to soften the minimal lines and harmonise with the adjacent ashlar Bath stone villas and terraces.
The house, with its largely solid north facing façade, has a mostly glazed south elevation, allowing the warm, tulip wood interior, to open onto the garden, looking out to the immediate surroundings and views into the city of Bath beyond.
Photo by Andy Matthews