A CALIFORNIA-style “dream home” in Wirral has been shortlisted for a top national architecture award.
Rockmount, in Caldy, is one of five buildings shortlisted for the Royal Institute Of British Architects (RIBA) Manser Medal 2013 for best new house.
The private home, designed by Liverpool-based architect’s firm Shed KM, sits at the top of Caldy Hill, looking out over the Dee Estuary.
As shown in these stunning pictures, the home is split into four zones – children’s rooms, pool, master suite and study and fully-glazed living area.
In one room, an entire wall is emblazoned with an image of the famous sign on the Hollywood hills, with other bedrooms also featuring colourful wall designs.
Described by judges as “a new take on a classic modern linear house plan”, the home incorporates a large kitchen and dining area which opens into a glazed living space, with sunken snug, concrete fireplace and sliding doors connecting to a cantilevered balcony.
Ian Killick, from Shed Km, told how the home was built over four years for a family with four children looking for their “dream home”.
He said: “The client was looking to relocate here and had come across this fantastic site which had a dilapidated house on it.
“The brief was a modern home maximising the views from the site, which are quite fantastic.
“The idea being largely single-story, so it didn't have much impact [when looking up] from the coastline below – naturally tied in with the modern aesthetic of mid-century Californian houses.
“One of the client’s is originally from New Zealand, with a strong outdoor lifestyle he wanted to bring to this part of world.
“It needed to be open, have lots of connection to the landscape and garden and operate as a family home.
“Being in a conservation area one challenge was ‘can we build something modern in that location?’ and Wirral’s planning and conservation teams were very supportive, they should take a share of credit for wanting this sort of building.”
The Manser Medal shortlist was chosen from winners of RIBA National and regional awards. The winner will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize party on Thursday September 26 in London.
Mr Killick added: “We’re very pleased with the recognition.
“It’s good for the region that there are buildings of sufficient quality being built on Merseyside to be recognised nationally.”