A radical new house in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The new villa sits in the centre of a large mature garden, but it's a long way from a conventional four-square villa; this is a dynamic sensuous form which beckons the visitor around its sweeping curves.The dominant local building material is a luminous orange brick; this house is all about exploiting the extraordinary plasticity of the humble brick. The house is a viscous form petrified. The strong sense of movement embodied in the shape is frozen in time by its brick carapace; it is an English butte, part of but proud of the lush surrounding landscape.The bronze and the brick cladding are specified both for their beauty and for their zero-maintenance longevity. This is part of the sustainability programme for the house: it is not just a lifetime home but a multi-generational home designed to last by being loved. And it will be an ecological exemplar, its performance easily surpassing the government’s 2016 zero-carbon requirement in energy efficiency alone.