The hidden house lies in the picturesque village of Middleton Tyas in North Yorkshire. The site is bounded by other houses and so the design was developed as a series of internal and external courtyards to create space and light even in an inward and enclosed condition.

The conservation area required a careful and sensitive approach to the pretty villages history, and so the roof was envisaged as a raised village garden. The building sits intentionally low, but the central gallery volume creates a contrast in the proportion of the spaces, as well as housing a ‘secret’ reading room…….