Approached via a track running between neighbouring properties, the site is 2.15 hectares set in the rolling hills of Farnham Sands, Surrey. The house straddles the top of the site gaining panoramic views south with distant views of the South Downs. It is surrounded on both west and east boundaries by tall pine woodland. The site is located in the Green Belt, outside of an identified settlement boundary and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an Area of Great Landscape Value and a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. We began with the desire to avoid the house being a large imposing structure – rather, ensure that the house is broken into a group of elements. The idea of changes in level, or split-level were also encouraged, as was the use of flat roofs to reduce the bulk of the building. The brief seemed to split naturally into three; the main body of the house containing living spaces and bedrooms; a ‘service’ wing containing garaging and gym room; and a wing for guests, incorporating study and tv/media room. The main living/bedroom volume has a fully glazed facade and is set back below the upper floor by 1.5M to provide solar shading - perforated metal screens to the upper level provide privacy to en-suite bathrooms. To the base of the building has a buff facing brick. On top of this is a black stained vertical timber boarding to complement the surrounding woodland.