The clients had on site for a number of years, and had established stables and outbuildings that would remain and form a part of the enclave of buildings the new house would complete. They wanted a house that clearly claimed the site, and provided generous and striking spaces, great for family life and entertaining alike. The surrounding houses and views of the road needed to be edited by the house, and the more picturesque vistas captured. The client is a builder who has worked with bbc architects on numerous projects over the last 10 years. He therefore wanted the house to provide a repository for ideas both developed on our previous projects together and some more experimental details he had developed. However, it is essentially a working farmhouse and so needed to be hard enough to cope with the challenges that presented, while forgoing none of the beauty and comfort we might expect to find in a city dwelling. The strength of the resulting built form wraps a surprisingly light interior, at all times acknowledging the landscape it sits within.