RHS Garden House & Visitors Kiosk

As a team we are passionate about place, landscape and the natural world. We love the integration of a building within its context and the emotional benefits of creating a biophilic relationship between home and garden. Thinking about one without the other is a missed opportunity. The chance here, to create a new home within this RHS listed garden, was a joyful one which presented a series of interesting challenges.

Project & Environmental Data

Project Info

  • Location: New Forest National Park, Hampshire
  • Cost: £750,000
  • Designation: AONB, National Park, Conservation Area, RHS Listed Garden
  • Image Credit: Nigel Rigden

Environmental Data

  • Energy Efficiency
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  • Insulation
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  • Thermal Mass
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  • Airtightness
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  • Solar PV
    1
  • Embodied Carbon
    1
  • Heating/Hot Water
    Electric Gas Ground Source Air Source
  • Solar Thermal
    Yes No
  • Rain Water Harvest
    Yes No
  • Ventilation
    MVHR Natural
  • Energy Storage
    Yes No

Spinners Garden is one of only three RHS listed gardens in Hampshire. Known for its woodland plants and long views across the New Forest National Park, we had already completed a visitor’s kiosk for our clients Andrew and Vicky previously. When they chose to build a new home amongst their plants, we eagerly grasped the challenge – looking at how privacy could be created inside a public garden.

Spinners Garden is one of only three RHS listed gardens in Hampshire.

We question our clients, the site, the design, we question techniques, materials, and collaborators. By constantly questioning we are always learning and improving, pushing our designs forward to ensure we are at the forefront of our practice.

We believe that quality architecture adds value, both emotional and financial. Our architecture enhances your sense of well-being, the value of which is difficult to quantify in monetary terms. Our design skill, knowledge and tenacity also add financial value as the benefit of realising quality design increases the value of a site and maximises your investment.

The new home is a crafted and textured. Sheltering brickwork walls shape a sunny courtyard hidden from view and the single storey guest bedroom wing can be closed off as required to create a cosy home for two. The elevated master bedroom with its large west facing window frames a view of the sun setting over their stunning garden. At the end of a hard day working on the land, this is a magical moment where the symbiotic relationship between architecture and landscape can be properly appreciated.