Barc Architects - architectural and interior design. We specialise in the design and delivery of high quality contemporary buildings, extensions and renovations in Devon and the South West.

Sanctuary House

A Design Focused, Contemporary House with Expansive Views.

Location: Topsham
Client: Private
Contractor: Bovey Construction Ltd
Status: During Construction
Photographer: n/a

Barc Architects were commissioned to design a home that would be a sanctuary for the clients, whilst having minimal impact on the local wildlife. The building has been carefully refined to take full advantage of the panoramic views to the estuary, whilst also maintaining privacy from the road. It has a natural palette of materials, including stone cladding, larch, zinc, porcelain tiles and lime render. The stone-clad base of the building has a sense of solidity around which the garden can flow, this solidity is balanced by the transparency of the glazed pavilion above.

The client brief was to create a light building with little glare which has resulted in the integration of large overhanging eaves which will block the high summer sun but allow the winter sun to penetrate the space. The house is designed to surpass building regulations standards in terms of energy efficiency, it incorporates pv panels, an air source heat pump, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery and a Tesla battery.