Britain’s Best Architect-Designed Self Build 2019

Architect David Jones for KAST Architects closely collaborated with his clients to deliver a fantastic scheme, within the homeowners’ bespoke parameters.
by Build It
7th February 2020

The stunning Sylvania house by KAST Architects has won the award for the UK’s best architect-designed self build home in the Build It Awards 2019.

The property, which was designed by architect David Jones is a cantilevered structure that sits above the canopy of protected trees, offering wow factor whilst complementing the site.

This was the firm’s second residential project, and it’s particularly impressive that David was finishing up his training over the course of the build.

David successfully navigated the council’s planning criteria to produce a stunning building that respected the surroundings and protected the local trees, which were subject to a preservation order.

The house features two rectangular forms stacked perpendicularly, one over the other. The internal spaces are upside-down and the bedrooms are downstairs, with the main living spaces sitting in the upper level.

David incorporated large spans of glazing to allow the owners Nita and John to enjoy panoramic the views out over the valley.

KAST Architect

The property is comprised of two rectangular structures

Nita and John were adamant they wanted a local architect who loved the area they were building in as much as they did. “We quickly developed a bond with KAST and really liked their measured, calm approach,” they say.

KAST helped them find local trades and Cornish materials to develop their home. “At every stage, KAST have been incredibly supportive,” say the couple. “Their love of great craftmanship and passion for Cornish materials shines through every aspect of Slyvania.”

Images: Kast Architects

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