The Contemporary Round Tower, England
Designed by London-based design studio De Matos Ryan, the Round Tower is a conversion of Grade II listed tower.
This unusual semi-subterranean contemporary home is situated in Gloucestershire, in South West England.
This listed building was reduced to ruin by years of neglect and fire. It is located on the crest of a hill overlooking Siddington Village. The design approach to the building has kept an open relationship with the surrounding agricultural landscape by developing a discreet and substantial underground extension to the tower. This underground extension provides the main open plan living space and is lit by both a central open sunken courtyard and a lateral ‘landscape scoop’ concealing the new swimming pool and associated sun terraces from public view.
This contemporary building remains the dominant structure, providing the main access to the four-bedroom family house and the means of vertical circulation. It is also the visual focus of the main sunken courtyard garden. The restored tower provides extra accommodation and a roof terrace for the owners to enjoy the panoramic views of the beautiful Gloucestershire landscape.
Images courtesy of Edmund Sumner
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