The project is located in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park and is to be developed from a former 5.5 ha site which was a residential holiday camp school attended by thousands of Yorkshire children between its opening in 1940 and its closure in the mid-1980s.
The site has been acquired by a local private investor who would like to remodel it as an upmarket, ecologically sound holiday resort attracting urban souls internationally.
Started working on a simple brief to design the main hub near the site entrance (to the North) and two variants of south-facing accommodation pods scattered along the site’s slightly higher west side.
The challenge was to create buildings that are sustainable and in harmony with the landscape and which are robust enough, both in design and functionality, to provide the exceptional and individualised experiences that attracts the well-heeled. Keeping all the design options open, 5 initial site plans were developed following which the most robust was chosen. (The others will not be wasted as some of the design principles will be adapted to strengthen that chosen as the project develops.) Then the individual building designs were considered, based on the chosen overall site plan. 8 initial design ideas for the main hub building were presented – having been clay modeled.. After deciding the topology of the key hub building, consideration of the detail of the accommodation pods are to follow…