New build private house on banked land overlooking a large pond and bird sanctuary.

The site is part of a sanctuary for injured birds looked after by the client. It is set into a steep land over a large pond, with the main living spaces facing southwest across the water. The lower level of the building is built into the sloping site, helping to reduce energy consumption.

The design has been strongly influenced by contemporary Malaysian architecture as a means of achieving harmony wth the surrounding environment. The main roof structure is derived from the notion of a bird’s wing, constructed of exposed glue-laminated timber rafters with a slate roof. The large overhanging roof allows use of the external terraces throughout the year.

The internal spaces are designed to be open and flexible. They have large, south-facing openings giving light and airiness, and attractive views of the pond and landscaping.


Blackley, Manchester


4,600 sqft




2005-December 2006