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Building a home within a designated area of natural beauty is never going to be an easy challenge. When you also add in the fact that it’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) it can become an even bigger task. This is what architects Kinver Kreations set out to do when designing this three-bedroom house within the heart of the Welsh National Park. By working together as an experienced team, the architect Kinver Kreations, Flex-R – the UK’s largest supplier of EPDM single ply roofing solutions – and Randell & Janes Roofing have overcome the many challenges on this unusual site to deliver a stunning installation.

The Project
An SSSI is a formal conservation designation and describes an area of particular interest to science due to the rare species of fauna or flora it contains. Gaining planning permission on an SSSI can be difficult and having worked on similar projects before Kinver Kreations knew it was essential to work closely with the Planning Authority.

Not only did the final design have to meet the client’s modern requirements, but it also had to blend seamlessly with its surroundings. Kinvers Kreations has created this contemporary low-impact green dwelling which uses large glass walls to capture the coastal views. A curved roof covered in living plants gives the impression that the property is growing out of the hillside.

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