Jura House

Jura House is a contemporary new-build house set within a conservation area in Lancashire, England.  The building replaces an existing 70’s dwelling on a large plot, surrounded by open countryside. 

Scott Donald Architecture (SDA) were appointed for a full architectural service, including interiors, lighting and landscape design. 

Their brief was to create a contemporary, sustainable home of around 5,000 sq ft, comprising of open plan living spaces and four bedrooms. 

Despite being the only contemporary building in the conservation area, and being sited next to a Grade II listed building, the proposals were well received by the conservation officer, describing the design as ‘a breath of fresh air’.

The construction of the building is steel-frame, dictated largely by the expanse of glazing and feature cantilever.  

The material palette is relatively understated – white render and grey limestone. Sections of black zinc articulate the rear elevation. 

Together, these materials combine to form a clean, crisp aesthetic, softened by the surrounding landscape. 

Internally, the same limestone was used for flooring, walls, and bathrooms.  For continuity, the architects wanted the material to read throughout the house and landscape.  This created a strong sense of presence.

The programme for construction was 18 months, and was completed in 2020. 

The budget was tight, but working closely with the contractor and suppliers, SDA were able to deliver without compromise on finish or specification. 

Sustainable technologies included PV cells and solar thermal panels. External walls were clad with 250mm thickness of EPS insulation and a MVHR system utilises excess heat in the building. 

The architects have been able to deliver a house where the architecture, interiors and landscape design have been considered with equal measure and clarity.  This has resulted in a beautiful and coherent design.

Photography by Daniel Hopkinson

Architecture & Design by Scott Donald Architecture

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