Ghyll house lies in a picturesque village in north Cumbria. The site is bounded by properties to two sides, but opens to wonderful views to the south and east. The design was developed to respond to this context and sits low to the ground as a pavilion with arrival and service areas being earth-sheltered to minimise visual impact to the surrounding countryside.

The conservation area to the west and open countryside setting to the south and east required a careful and sensitive approach to the design which draws inspiration from the landscape, with the linear form of the building and its local stone materiality mirroring the long expansive spine of the north Pennines.