Red Kite, Berkshire

highly original one-off house set into the hills of Berkshire

client
Wakefield

planning
Paragraph 55

collaborators
BBOWT; Natural England

heritage
Mary Neale at Archway

A paragraph 55 house with gridshell roof structure, extensive accommodation below ground, and use of local materials.

Red Kite was designed to visually represent the birds after which it was named. These birds were reintroduced into Britain in the 1990s and the scheme was so successful that these magnificent birds of prey can now be seen in huge numbers around the Berkshire hills. 

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the bronze shingles and roof form evoke wings in flight

the gridshell roof exhibits the interior as a series of capsules

low profile form as wings settle on the paddock

the relationship to nearby listed building

design development through virtual and physical modelling

development of the model to test the gridshell structure

“a fantastic result”

DON WAKEFIELD

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