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RIBA Downland Prize, Overall Winner 2008

Thompson House is a single storey dwelling situated on a cliff top site overlooking the Solent. The building has two distinct components, a massively insulated block of bedrooms and ancillary spaces and a large glazed pavilion providing living/kitchen spaces. The two are connected by curved walls that slide past trees in the landscape.

The ground conditions were particularly challenging as the cliff edge is unstable. Elliott Wood Partnership worked closely with the island’s geotechnical specialist to achieve a long term but cost effective solution.

The heavily insulated block is constructed using Ziegel Blocks. These are honeycombed fired clay blocks that provide a high degree of thermal insulation without the need for additional insulating layers.

Efficient wood burning stoves, solar thermal collectors and a closed loop ground source heat pump complete the energy saving features.