The site is an AONB, an Area of Great Historic Value, an Area of Great Scientific Value and a World Heritage Site.
The various entrances to the site, walkways through the garden and areas for pausing, contemplation and relaxation created a mesh of framed and dynamic views of the plot where the building would sit and therefore had a huge influence on the form we designed. The diagram below plots out these views and was drawn after the first site visit.
The 2nd diagram was produced before the form of the building was designed to identify the key vistas of the sea that design must provide, plus a panoramic view of the established gardens. Crucially it also identifies the areas that the form must block out to avoid overlooking of the neighbours.
These two diagrams were instrumental in dictating the overall form of the building: