This country retreat in an area of outstanding natural beauty is complex and nuanced which engages people and allows the dwelling a unique character. The site is steep dropping 15 metres over its 68.5 metre length and the climate is sometimes harsh. As a response, the design is topographically driven maximizing the existing landscape’s natural views and quirks creating a sense of connection between the building and its dramatic surroundings. Making use of natures natural geological formations allowed us to merge the man-made structure within the natural contours of the land thus enabling us to create thoroughly modern architecture that adopts the spirit of the vernacular without resorting to mimicking its forms. It was important to us as architects as well as our client that we fused new technologies with older building techniques whilst incorporating sustainability ideals in order to create a rural architecture for the 21st century, rather than simply remodelling or recreating the methods and manners of the past.