living space with curved white walls

Half Moon House

A unique modern house with a beautiful interior championing wood.
Location Motcombe, Dorset
Status Built
Use Residential
Client Private

A Beautifully detailed Dorset home for a TV & film scriptwriter.

After extensive negotiations with North Dorset District Council and thanks to vocal neighbour support, planning permission was gained for an innovative, contemporary house within the curtilage of the adjacent Grade II Listed House. The highly imaginative and energy efficient proposal was approved at committee, where the members voted unanimously in favour of the design.

Project Awards & Recognition

June 2007
Homebuilding and Renovating Contemporary Homes
Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine
June 2006
Dorset Magazine (
Nov 2004
Architecture Review Wessex
North Dorset Design Awards
Kitchen Design of the Year
Highly Commended
Steps up to the entrance of a modern home with unique curved walls
approach view of contemporary house with sloping ceilings, curved walls and garage
stunning interior hallway view with skylights and exposed beams
rear view of contemporary house with curved white walls and sloping roof in the day

Sweeping curved walls and monopitch roofs

This modern cottage is mainly single storey with guest suite accommodation above the garage. The front elevation is composed of a monopitch element with traditional Shaftsbury Greensand Stone walls under a slate roof. A single storey entrance to the side has curved white rendered walls below a flat roof.

open plan kitchen and living space with curved wall and exposed beams

Beautiful bespoke wood detailing

Beyond the bespoke oak front door is a long entrance dining hall, library, top lit by a glass lantern. This inviting circulation space gives access to the study bedrooms, bath and utility rooms. Opposite is a semi-circular and open plan living area and award-winning bespoke kitchen, the hand made purpose built units are constructed in cherry with a concrete work surface. The curved living space is reflected in the unique ceiling detail, composed of exposed radiating joists and subtle concealed lighting.

aerial view of contemporary house with curved walls and sloping roof

Photography Nigel Rigden, Jeff Gilbert
Size 191 sqm
Build Cost £350k
Completion Date 2005

Contractor Lukewarm
Structural Engineer RQ5
Glazing Salisbury Glass, Glazetek
Roofing Alwitra
Steelwork BJ Galvanising
Kitchen Work Surface Cast Advanced Concretes
Kitchen jonery Perry’s
Under Floor Heating Nu-Heat
Gas Burner Casterbridge Fires

Original concept illustration